A Novel
Renata Adler

Afterword by Guy Trebay

This reads like a walk through a particularly outrageous dinner party—overheard intellectual chatter, salacious gossip, and mundane offhand remarks swirl around, reigned in by a cool narrator who perhaps most evokes Didion at her driest, wit-wise. A slice of downtown New York in the seventies; some of it repellant, some of it hilarious. —Recommended by Layla, City Lights Books

When Speedboat burst on the scene in the late '70s it was like nothing readers had encountered before. It seemed to disregard the rules of the novel, but it wore its unconventionality with ease. Reading it was a pleasure of a new, unexpected kind. Above all, there was its voice, ambivalent, curious, wry, the voice of Jen Fain, a journalist negotiating the fraught landscape of contemporary urban America. Party guests, taxi drivers, brownstone dwellers, professors, journalists, presidents, and debutantes fill these dispatches from the world as Jen finds it.

A touchstone over the years for writers as different as David Foster Wallace and Elizabeth Hardwick, Speedboat returns to enthrall a new generation of readers.

Title Speedboat
Subtitle A Novel
Author Renata Adler
Afterword by Guy Trebay
Publisher New York Review Books Classics
Title First Published 19 March 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 177 p.
ISBN-10 1590176138
ISBN-13 9781590176139
Publication Date 19 March 2013
Main content page count 177
Weight 16 oz.

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