"[S]omething odd kept happening," Renata Adler said, of writing Speedboat. "Once I had an anecdote, and my intention was to keep going until I reached the whole point, my reason for telling it, I noticed that well before I got to what seemed to be the point, I stopped." Adler's singular approach to the novel created an unforgettable impressionistic portait of life in 1970s New York. Narrator Jen Fain describes scenes from her life in all their peculiarity and splendor. Encounters with lovers, street vermin, celebrities and taxi drivers are all granted equal significance, bound together by Jen's incisive voice. Now back in print for the first time in years, with a new Afterword by Guy Trebay.
Renata Adler was born in Milan and raised in Connecticut. She received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr, an M.A. from Harvard, a D.d’E.S. from the Sorbonne, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an LL.D. (honorary) from Georgetown. Adler became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1963 and, except for a year as the chief film critic of The New York Times, remained at The New Yorker for the next four decades. In addition to Speedboat she is the author of six other nonfiction books and one other novel, Pitch Dark.