They met only after they had reached early adulthood. She, at 25, a novelist struggling to write her first novel. He, at 28, already a superstar in Silicon Valley. When Mona Simpson met Steve Jobs, her biological brother, more than two decades after her mother gave him up for adoption, she said it was as if she had fallen into the plot of a Dickens novel. She came out of it a brother richer.
The two formed a close friendship, one she speaks about in her eulogy at Jobs’ funeral, reprinted in Sunday’s New York Times. Simpson speaks of a man — not an icon — that is a loving husband, a doting father and a good brother.
The family resemblance is strong. Either conciously or subconciously, Simpson mimics the commencement speech Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005. In it, he spoke of three life lessons learned. In her eulogy, Simpson gave three lessons Jobs taught her — in life, in sickness and in death.
It’s not the first time Simpson has tackled the subject of her brother in writing . Her book “A Regular Guy,” culled from Jobs’ life. It follows Tom Owens, a millionare biotechnology magnate who disowns and later reconnects with a daughter, much as Jobs did with his first daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs.