By Esther Zuckerman
Updated September 30, 2014 at 06:02 PM EDT

Matthew Thomas’s critically acclaimed and bestselling debut We Are Not Ourselves is headed to the screen. Producer Scott Rudin has optioned the film rights to Thomas’s novel, EW has learned exclusively.

The book traces its protagonist Eileen Tumulty, the daughter of Irish immigrants, from childhood through her adult life.

“As Thomas follows her through six decades, Eileen emerges as a richly observed character, a fascinating case study whose path shows how immigration, suburbanization, and upward mobility changed many American families after World War II,” EW‘s Melissa Maerz wrote in her review. “This isn’t just Eileen’s story. It’s the story of the so-called Silent Generation.”

EW‘s Madison Vain called Eileen a “gorgeous depiction of womanhood: the internal struggles, the self-doubt, the ability to shoulder the burdens of others, and the desperate, tireless and sometimes flawed ways of keeping a family together.”

Thomas has re-signed with Simon & Schuster for his second novel.