Columbia has picked up right to Robert Goolrick's novel The Reliable Wife, which hits shelves March 31.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony-based Michael De Luca is attached to produce. De Luca Prods. exec Josh Bratman brought in the book.

Set in rural Wisconsin in 1908, the book centers on a middle-aged widower who places a newspaper ad seeking "a reliable wife." Instead of fielding a homely applicant, the man finds himself welcoming a gorgeous former courtesan with an agenda of her own.

The Reliable Wife was named as the top pick for the ALA's April Indie List.

No production date has been set.

Cinemark Movie Club