Speedboat by Renata Adler

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.

- Google

The 2667th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 (Flavor Wire)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Speedboat Paperback 1138350 $53.26 $1.89
Speedboat (W&N Essentials) Paperback 515580 $12.26 $11.88 2021
Speedboat (NYRB Classics) Kindle Edition 93499 2013
The New Yorker, Sept. 8, 1975 "Speedboat" Single Issue Magazine 20648916 $19.99 1975
Speedboat Paperback 3357273 $91.00 $7.79
Speedboat Paperback 3675756 $98.86 $5.30 1984
Speedboat Hardcover 822738 $107.92 $12.23
Speedboat (NYRB Classics) Paperback 352383 $9.65 $2.50 2013