Would it Kill You to Put on Some Lipstick?: 1 Year and 100 Dates
Holly Martyn


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By Holly Martyn

Holly Martyn embarks on a year-long dating journey in Would it Kill You to Put on Some Lipstick? that proves humorous, grueling, and oftentimes poignant, forcing her to face a past she’s been trying to escape much of her adult life.

Twice-divorced and a single parent, Holly is relaxing in a spa when she comes across an article. “Would it kill you to put on some lipstick? Get an on-line dating account, go on 100 dates and you’ll meet somebody” reads the advice Joan Rivers gives to console a friend in the same position. There you go, Holly decides: within 100 dates she will find a partner, a friend, someone with whom she can share a spiritual and physical connection. And so, her journey to find love in 100 dates or fewer begins. Her quest throws her in the path of a wide cast of characters and is a thrilling memoir/manual on how to navigate love, life, and happiness in midlife.

About the Author:

Holly Martyn was born in Toronto and raised near Vancouver, Canada.

She is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. She divides her time between homes in Connecticut and California with her daughter and dog. 

Praise for Would it Kill You to Put on Some Lipstick?:

“With honesty and humor, Holly Martyn investigates the complexity of dating, all its joys, and pitfalls, the tedium, boredom, and hope. This book is wonderful.”

—Chris Offutt, author of My Father, The Pornographer, and writer for True Blood and Weeds

“A fun, oftentimes adventurous romp through the ups and downs of finding love.”

Leslie Zemeckis, actress, director, and author of Feuding Fan Dancers

“From foster care to Wall Street, bad marriages and breakups, Holly Martyn knows a thing or two about resilience. Laugh out loud funny, relatable, and smart… [it] is like Sex and the City for the midlife set. Holly Martyn is the real deal; kick up your heels, readers, you’re in for a treat.”

Nancy Sharp, author of Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living

Would it Kill You to Put on Some Lipstick?: 1 Year and 100 Dates

ISBN: 978-1-943876-13-6 | Romance/Memoir | February 2020

224 pages | 6 1/4 x 8 1/2” | Jacketed Hardcover