Small Fry

by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

On Sale: 09/05/2018

Small Fry

by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

On Sale: 09/05/2018


Goodreads Choice Awards

New York Times Notable

About the Book

A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents—artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs—Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be.

Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling book by an insightful new literary voice. 


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Critical Praise

“Here is a literary coming-of-age memoir of the highest order, the story of a child trying to find her place between two radically different parents, identities, and worlds...Small Fry is a wonder of a book, and Lisa Brennan-Jobs is a wonder of a writer.” - Jamie Quatro, author of Fire Sermon 

“As clear-eyed, amusing, honest, unsentimental and sad as any memoir I’ve read. . . . Ruefully compassionate and wise. No other book or film has captured Steve Jobs as distinctly as this one. The love between father and daughter, thwarted and baffled as it often is, comes through beautifully.” - —Phillip Lopate

“Brennan-Jobs is a deeply gifted writer … Beautiful, literary and devastating.” - New York Times Book Review

“A masterly Silicon Valley gothic.” - Vogue

“Mesmerizing, discomfiting reading … A book of no small literary skill.” - The New Yorker

“A memoir of uncommon grace, maturity, and spare elegance.” - San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443457095
  • ISBN 10: 1443457094
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 09/05/2018
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price:29.99 CAD

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