Mona Simpson's father abandoned the family when she was 13. Her mother, a speech therapist, moved to Beverly Hills with Mona and her brother (Apple computer co-founder Steve Jobs). Simpson received her B.A. from Berkeley in 1979, worked briefly as a reporter in San Francisco, then went to Columbia for an M.F.A. She wrote the first draft of ANYWHERE BUT HERE in eight weeks at Yaddo, but spent four years revising it. Simpson is a widely anthologized short-story writer in addition to being a novelist.
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From the Publisher
Mona Simpson's first novel deals with a complex relationship between a mother and daughter. Adele August, twice-married woman, hoping to turn her 12-year-old daughter, Ann, into a child star in Hollywood, drives her from Wisconsin to Beverly Hills. However, Ann achieves only limited success as a television performer, and Adele works at mundane jobs in order to survive, deluding herself with imagined love affairs. By novel's end, the emotionally trying--and occasionally violent--mother-daughter relationship is altered by Ann's growing need for independence.