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Mona Simpson (née Jandali; June 14, 1957) is an American novelist and the former wife of Richard Appel. She has written six novels. Studied English at the University of California, Berkeley. She also took Languages and Literature at Bard College. She won a Whiting Award for her first novel, Anywhere but Here (1986). It was a popular success and later adapted as a film by the same name and was released in 1999.

She wrote a sequel, The Lost Father (1992). Critical recognition has included the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She also made the shortlist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for her novel Off Keck Road (2000).

Simpson is the younger sister of the late Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs. Simpson was born after her parents had married. She did not meet Jobs, who was placed for adoption after he was born, until she was 25 years old.

Simpson was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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