EXCLUSIVE: Chris Coen’s Unanimous Entertainment has secured screen rights to May We Be Forgiven, the A.M. Homes novel which just won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in London. The tale is set in suburban America, and the spotlight is on a on a dysfunctional American family. It starts with two grown brothers, one of whom is dull and other a great success with a fine family. The latter also has a violent temper and when that proves his undoing, dull brother becomes the patriarch of bro’s brood. Homes’ previous provocative titles include her memoir The Mistress’s Daughter, The End Of Alice and Music For Torching.

Unanimous will co-finance development and is out to writers and filmmakers. “The book so deserved to win the Women’s Prize for Fiction prize here in London,” said Coen, a producer on Jane Got A Gun. “It has remained with me ever since I read it a few months ago.” For her part, Homes described herself as “a writer who thinks in images and scenes,” in explaining why she was eager to see the novel adapted into a feature with Coen. “I admire the films he’s made,” she said.

Coen will produce with Katie Goodson-Thomas. Coen, whose credits include Shadow Dancer and Funny Games, just set a project which James Marsh will write and direct. Deal was made by UTA and the author’s also repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.