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From Publishers Weekly

It's like Comedy Central picked up Law & Order for an episode in standup comic and ex-lawyer Bergreen's breezy debut about a rootless, jobless, and loveless snoop in search of her lifelong dream. Fired from a crappy job with a selfish, nasty casting director, Alice Teakle begins obsessively stalking Harvard frenemy Polly—and winds up the top suspect in her murder. But that's where the fun begins: slipping out of police custody, Alice begins stalking Charlie, her college-days romantic fantasy who she hopes can save her from prison. Charlie takes her in, forging a deal that he'll help get her off the murder hook if she helps out with a problem his father's having. But Charlie and Alice sweetly discover a far deeper need of each other. Bergreen makes good use of her comedic skills and varied professional background to create a sharp whodunit that combines edgy thrills with a wicked sense of humor and an endearing heart of gold. (June)
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Bergreen's lighthearted mystery follows the unfortunate Alice Teakle as she attempts to put her life back together after being fired from her job at a New York City casting agency. At loose ends, Alice runs into an old Harvard classmate, Polly Dawson, and decides to tail her on her daily errands. Alice grows more and more intrigued by Polly's escapades and apparent love affairs, and becomes determined to learn more about the woman who rejected her friendship in college. As luck (or dedicated stalking) would have it, Alice is the first person to stumble upon Polly Dawson's bloody corpse and immediately becomes the police's number-one suspect. While being questioned at the precinct, Alice slips out the door, and suddenly is on the run. She bumps into Charlie, an old college flame, and appeals to him for help. As the police continue their pursuit of Alice, she tries to discover the identity of the real killer in order to clear her name. But she'll need to work quickly. The police—and the killer—are closing in. --Katherine Boyle

Product Details

  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 22, 2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JTHYCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karen is a stand up comedian and a former lawyer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Still curious? Or just not ready to get back to work?

Go to her website at www.karenbergreen.com.

Or better yet visit her on Facebook @followingpolly. She needs the distraction from her kids.

You can try Twitter @karenbergreen, but Karen finds that annoying.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan Dormady Eisenberg on June 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved FOLLOWING POLLY from page one. Debut novelist Karen Bergreen creates a daffy protagonist with a heart of gold who made me laugh...and cry. An accidental stalker, Alice Teakle seeks to understand the wiles of a former nemesis, only to be accused of murder and malice. The book's shining charm is Alice's evolution as a confused young woman who comes to terms with her strengths. It's a coming of age novel in the classic sense of the genre, and I plan to recommend it to readers of various ages.

I'm Susan Dormady Eisenberg, arts journalist and aspiring novelist.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Solomon on June 22, 2010
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WOW I ADORED THIS BOOK !!! A FUNNY PAGER TURNER ...

that i could not put down. Ms. Bergreen has created a cast of great characters that you will be sad to say good bye too at the end of the novel.

Besides being quirky and hilarious the mystery really grabs you as her main character Alice sinks deeper into murder mystery that threatens to

ruin her life- if she doesn't do that herself first ... Ms Bergreen is clearly New York's female Woody Allen and I hope she is just as prolific .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Shepherd on June 23, 2010
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If you are looking for a fun summer read "Following Polly" is definitely it. I loved this book! I thought it was much better than "The Nanny Diaries". I just kept following Alice Teakle from one page to the next...I couldn't put this book down. It is a unique and amusing thrill of a read. Kudos to Ms. Bergreen, I can't wait for the movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By infl8here on September 26, 2010
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Karen's characters are very real and she uses humor to make an otherwise preposterous situation seem like all is right with the world. As a native New Yorker, I especially appreciate the accuracy of her descriptions of NYC. Not only did I know someone just like Polly's mother, but I also knew all the locations that Polly was following. I was able to "follow" Polly perfectly in my mind.

This book can appeal to all ages because of it's great writing and humor but I imagine that it would be especially popular with the 16-25 age group. I wish I had it to read when I was that age. I am recommending it to all my friends in that age group (as well as my fellow native New Yorkers).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pazzina on November 29, 2010
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I'm always sad when I finish a newly discovered series featuring a quirky sleuth. They are my 'no brain necessary' reads which are enjoyable, light, and fun. And I need that every once in a while. When I'm in the mood and I can't find something I haven't already read, it kinda sucks.

Well, wasn't I happy when I picked up this book on a whim (based on the cover and spine design - i'm really deep) and I loved it. I read the first 180 pages in one sitting - which is always a sign of a nicely engrossing read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anp123 on April 12, 2012
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I commute to New York City by bus weekly and this was a great read for my trip. The characters were so interesting. I actually have a little crush on the Charlie character and it really got me thinking about who I would cast for the movie version of this book. I think John Krasinski from The Office would be perfect to play Charlie. I would have Zoey Deschanel play Alice and Patricia Clarkson play her mother. As for Polly, I would probably have Kate Bosworth play her. Tell me what you think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kerrita b. on August 9, 2010
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This engaging and witty novel perfectly captures the feel of what it's like to have your first real job in NYC. The angst of finding one's way in work, love and family matters rings true. Add to that mix the misadventures of the protagonist as she becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation while she finds love and it's a recipe for a great summer read. The characters are fresh and vibrant, the flavor of New york City is captured perfectly, and I couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HappyMomNYC on August 1, 2010
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I LOVED Following Polly! I have no time to read and assumed it would take me the better part of the summer to finish...I read it in 2 days...I couldn't put it down! The characters are warm, engaging and relatable and Karen Bergreen's wry, funny voice resonates on every page. I am genuinely sad that I finished the book...I miss the characters! I hope there's another one from Ms. Bergreen sometime in the near future.
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