Steve Jobs’ Daughter May Have Forgiven Him, But Should We?

Lisa Brennan-Jobs has written a memoir about her famous father.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new iPhone that was introduced at Macworld on January 9, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Lisa Brennan-Jobs wrote a devastating memoir, filled with damning details, about her famous father, Steve Jobs, but she says she doesn’t want it to be damning at all. There have been a dozen other biographies and films, so Apple obsessives already know about the basic parts of Brennan-Jobs’s early life: Steve Jobs had her at 23, then denied paternity despite a DNA match and gave little in either emotional or financial support, even after he became the most famous figure in the early computing era.

Small Fry, is Brennan-Jobs’s effort to reclaim herself and her story, writes The New York Times. Brennan-Jobs navigated her childhood while living on welfare with her mother, the artist Chrisann Brennan, but then adolescence ensconced in her father’s wealth. In the memoir, Steve Jobs is vicious to Brennan-Jobs and those around her. But during the book tour before the official release of the book, Brennan-Jobs is worried that the book will be seen as a tell-all exposé instead of a nuanced portrayal of her family.

So this is what she wants readers to know, according to The Times: Steve Jobs may have rejected his daughter for years, but she has forgiven him. She loves him, and she wants the book to show that. But can, or should, the reader forgive him too?

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