Elizabeth Ross penned the novel
Ross will adapt the screenplay with Huie producing the project.
The story follows a young woman who has recently left her home in the countryside and finds herself struggling to survive in 1880s Paris. With nowhere else to turn, the girl answers an ad for a job at a repoussoir agency – a place where society’s elite can hire “unattractive” companions for their debuting daughters as a way of making their daughters seem more beautiful.
The debut from film editor-turned-novelist Ross was recently nominated as a finalist for the Morris Award, which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
The Morris Award will be announced at a ceremony in Philadelphia on Jan. 27.
“Belle Epoque” was published by Delacorte Press, a YA imprint of Random House.