“[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 portrait 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.