If you haven’t read Lisa Brennan-Job’s memoir “Small Fry” (Grove Press) yet, you will likely hear about it because Lisa’s father was Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple. 

But this is not a biography of Steve Jobs. Rather, it is a portrait of growing up in California in the eighties and one woman’s quest to understand her family, her place in that family and her place in the world.

The outline of her story is relatively well known. Mr. Jobs fathered her at 23, then denied paternity despite a DNA match and gave little in financial or emotional support until later in her life. Surrounded by complicated relationships Lisa spends much of her childhood and adolescence seeking love and acceptance. Despite her challenges, you get a picture of a resilient, adaptable woman who emerges navigating her own way. The first-time author recently joined Roxanne to share her story first hand and unedited.

The New York Times called Brennan Jobs “a gifted writer” and Kirkus Reviews says, Brennan-Jobs “skillfully and poignantly navigates her formative years revealing the emotional wounds that parents can often inflict on their children.”

Says Roxanne “Small Fry is not about settling scores or being vindictive. It is a poignant story of a journey that, in another writer’s hands, could have become something self-centered. But with her unsentimental honesty, her wry humor and her literary grace, Brennan-Jobs succeeds in making a difficult story her own.”

Books in this episode:

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard

This Boys Life by Tobias Wolff

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

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