After the New York Times published Mona Simpson‘s moving eulogy to her brother, Steve Jobs, Apple fans grew curious about the woman who didn’t meet her famous sibling until her 25th birthday.
Simpson is an acclaimed novelist, best known, perhaps, for her 1986 novel “Anywhere But Here,” which was turned into a 1999 film starring Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon. She is a professor at UCLA and Bard College, and her 2000 novel “Off Keck Road” was a Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize winner.
Simpson’s parents were Abdulfattah “John” Jandali and Joanne Carole Schieble, though she later took her stepfather’s last name when she became estranged from Jandali. Simpson was born in 1957, but two years earlier, her parents had put a child up for adoption: Steve Jobs, who was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs.
Jobs sought Mona out in 1985 and they became very close. “Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love,
who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father.
When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother,” she said in her eulogy.
Mona Simpson is married to “The Simpsons” writer Richard Appel. Homer’s mother is named after her.