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Speedboat

Speedboat

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Written by Renata AdlerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Renata Adler
Afterword by Guy TrebayAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Guy Trebay

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
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  • Publisher: NYRB Classics
  • On Sale: March 19, 2013
  • Price: $14.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-59017-613-9 (1-59017-613-8)
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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. 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 print for a new generation of readers and students.

“Nobody writes better prose than Renata Adler.” –John Leonard, Vanity Fair

“A brilliant series of glimpses into the special oddities and new terrors of contemporary life–abrupt, painful, and altogether splendid.” –Donald Barthelme

Speedboat captivates by its jagged and frenetic changes of pitch and tone and voice. Adler confides, reflects, tells a story, aphorizes, undercuts the aphorism, then undercuts that. Ideas, experiences, and emotions are inseparable. I don’t know what she’ll say next. She tantalizes by being simultaneously daring and elusive.” –David Shields, Reality Hunger