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April 10, 2015 at 04:49 PM EDT

Lionsgate has acquired the rights to Jessica Knoll’s novel Luckiest Girl Alive. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea of Pacific Standard Films, who produced both Wild and Gone Girl, will produce the film.

Luckiest Girl Alive follows Ani FaNelli, a young woman with a seemingly perfect New York life—but carries a “dark trauma” underneath it all. “Luckiest Girl Alive is the kind of book that grabs you and doesn’t let go,” says Reese Witherspoon in a release. “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.”

Knoll’s debut novel arrives in stores May 12.

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