The sudden death of Steve Jobs will surely be felt by people at Apple and around the world. A recently forgotten novel ‘Anywhere But Here’ by Mona Simpson has also felt the affects of the loss of the well-revered techie. ‘Anywhere But Here’ had received a bump in interest after it was revealed that Steve Jobs is the biological brother of Mona Simpson.
Jobs’s biological parents, Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, were unmarried when he was born in 1955. He was given up for adoption, but his parents married 10 months later and had Mona (who later took stepfather George Simpson’s name) in 1957.
Jobs tracked down his biological mother and sister in the 1980s, and grew very close to his sister Simpson. She dedicated “Anywhere But Here,” her first novel, to “Joanne, our mother, and my brother Steve.”
“Anywhere But Here,” published in 1987, (and adapted for a 1999 movie starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman) is the story of Adele August, who leaves her second husband and takes her daughter Ann from Wisconsin to Los Angeles to fulfill her dreams, including one that involved Ann becoming a child star. The book received stellar reviews, but the movie was a little less received.
Check out more photos of Steve Jobs and his sister Mona Simpson’s book below: