The book hasn’t even been released yet, but it’s already making waves and drawing a response from the widow of a late Silicon Valley titan. Lisa Brennan-Jobs has authored a forthcoming memoir titled Small Fry, which goes on sale next month and details her life growing up as the daughter of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. The portrait painted by Brennan-Jobs, 40, is far from flattering, according to The New York Times, which reviewed an advanced copy. It even details the moment a dying Steve Jobs told his daughter that she smelled like a toilet, which Brennan-Jobs said on Twitter was accurate.
But some in the Jobs family are taking issue with the portrayal of the late tech titan, who died of cancer in 2011. In a statement provided to Women in the World, Laurene Powell Jobs and Mona Simpson, the Apple co-founder’s sister, challenged the claims made in the book.
“Lisa is part of our family, so it was with sadness that we read her book, which differs dramatically from our memories of those times. The portrayal of Steve is not the husband and father we knew,” the two said in the statement. “Steve loved Lisa, and he regretted that he was not the father he should have been during her early childhood. It was a great comfort to Steve to have Lisa home with all of us during the last days of his life, and we are all grateful for the years we spent together as a family.”
Chrisann Brennan, Brennan-Jobs’ mother, sees the portrayal of Steve Jobs as an accurate one. “It was horrendous for me to read. It was very, very hard,” she told the Times. “But she got it right.” And by her memory of life with Steve Jobs, who infamously denied paternity of his daughter until the local government forced him to take a paternity test and then mandated he make child support payments, Brennan-Jobs; recollection was forgiving of her late father. “She didn’t go into how bad it really was, if you can believe that.”
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