Friday, October 7, 2011

'Anywhere But Here': The Novel's Link to Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Returns For Apple  Product Announcements Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks during a special event September 9, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)more pics » Steve Jobs (Getty Images) You probably know an awul lot about Steve Jobs. You know that he was a brilliant visionary who revolutionized the way that we interact with technology. You know that he perferred to wear simple, black mock turtlenecks above all else. And you know that he passed away too soon.

But did you know that Steve Jobs was the brother of the novelist Mona Simpson, who wrote the acclaimed bestseller Anywhere But Here? Jobs, who was adopted, didn't meet his biological sister until he was 27 years old, but the two eventually became very close. Simpson even dedicated Anywhere but Here to him.

The novel is set in the 1960s and '70s, and follows 12-year-old Ann August as she travels cross-country to California with her flighty mother.  The novel became a bestseller and was eventually adapted into a film starring Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon.

Greatness cannot always be replicated. But sometimes it runs in families, it seems.


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