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Humorous Absurdist Mystery
on September 2, 2015
Karen Bergreen gives an absurdist mystery in her debut novel Following Polly. After losing her job working at a casting agency run by the quirky Mona Hawkins, Alice Teakle runs into a Harvard classmate, the incredibly popular Polly Dawson. For reasons rooted in her dysfunctional childhood (her father and brother had died in a plane crash, her mother suffered a nervous breakdown, and Alice had to raise herself until her mother met and married Barnes when Alice was an adolescent), Alice starts to follow Polly around New York for obsessive reasons. After Polly is murdered and discovered by Alice, she becomes a prime suspect. Fleeing from police interrogation, Alice, after stalking (there is a theme here), teams up with another classmate, Charlie, with whom she has been infatuated since freshman year.
As Charlie and Alice try to discover the identity of the murderer with help of Alice's best friend Jean, they lurch from one absurd situation to another. One marvel's at Bergreen's clever twists and turns of plot. No normal people would behave this way, which is exactly why we love this story. It is like watching a train wreck of crazy people. You can't pull your eyes away, nor can you believe what they will do next.