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Would It Kill You to Put on Some Lipstick

A Year & 100 Dates


What should one do after going through a divorce? For Holly Martyn, the answer came to her with a little inspiration from Joan Rivers - go on 100 dates. 

Holly Martyn has been dumped.  Twice-divorced and a single parent, she is sitting in a spa feeling sorry for herself when she picks up a magazine and reads the advice Joan Rivers gives to console a friend in the same position: “Would it kill you to put on some lipstick?  Get an on-line dating account, go on 100 dates and you’ll meet somebody.”  There you go, Holly decides, 100 dates.  Problem solved.

Framed around the question of might she find a nice boyfriend in 100 dates or less, she embarks upon a year-long dating journey that proves humorous, grueling and oftentimes poignant, forcing her to face a past she’s been trying to escape much of her adult life.  She will reconcile with a father she never knew and come to understand the impact of his absence on her choice of romantic partners.  Intertwined with the forward action of the 100 dates is Holly’s back story, beginning with the family secret of her Mormon mother’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

The 100 dates quest throws Holly in the path of an eclectic cast of characters, including a thirty-three year old African American fireman and a sixty-two year old CEO with whom she falls in love, the man who challenges her to find her father.  The story concludes with hard-won insights about the path to partnership, forgiveness and finding happiness in midlife.

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