And thus the pattern would continue. Mona Simpson used all of this, plus her imagination,
as a springboard for her third novel, A Regular Guy, published in 1996.
The book's title character is based on Jobs, and to some extent it adheres to reality:
It depicts Jobs's quiet generosity to, and purchase of a special car for, a brilliant friend who had degenerative bone disease,
and it accurately describes many unflattering aspects of his relationship with Lisa, including his original denial of paternity.
But other parts are purely fiction; Chrisann had taught Lisa at a very early age how to drive, for example,
but the book's scene of "Jane" driving a truck across the mountains alone at age five to find her father of course never happened.
In addition, there are little details in the novel that, in journalist parlance, are too good to check,
such as the head-snapping description of the character based on Jobs in the very first sentence: "He was a man too busy to flush toilets."
On the surface, the novel's fictional portrayal of Jobs seems harsh.
Simpson describes her main character as unable "to see any need to pander to the wishes or whims of other people."