Jessica Knoll’s upcoming novel Luckiest Girl Alive has been snatched up by Lionsgate with Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea attached as producers. Knoll’s first novel will hit stores on May 12, 2015 after being acquired by Sarah Knight at Simon & Schuster. Knight was also responsible for acquiring Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl for Random House, and she edited Flynn’s Dark Places.
“Luckiest Girl Alive is the kind of book that grabs you and doesn’t let go. The hero of the book is a wily, intelligent, complex narrator,” said Reese Witherspoon. “This character and the thrilling narrative that she drives are exactly the kind of story our company, Pacific Standard Films, wants to produce. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Jessica and Lionsgate to bring her debut novel to the screen.”
“This is one of those rare books that come along every so often that you simply cannot put down,” stated Erik Feig, the Co-President of the Motion Picture Group, announcing the acquisition. “We are thrilled to be working with Reese and Bruna on this project.”
Luckiest Girl Alive centers on Ani FaNelli, a twenty-eight-year-old New Yorker who appears to have it all: a sought-after position at a women’s magazine, a wardrobe to kill for, and a dream wedding with her handsome fiancé on the horizon. But behind that veneer of perfection lies a vulnerability that Ani holds close and buries deep—a dark trauma from her past resurfaces only to give her a chance to confront her most shocking secret of all—but not without unraveling her meticulously crafted life.
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