Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories (Big Little Lies) has optioned The New York Times‘ bestselling author Allison Pearson’s new novel How Hard Can It Be? for an upcoming TV project. The book is the sequel to Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It, and has a street date of June 5, 2018 from St. Martin’s Press.
How Hard Can It Be? picks up the story of Kate Reddy as she approaches her 50th birthday. Kate is now a Sandwich Woman dealing with all the challenges of midlife: teenagers sharing pictures of their intimate parts on social media, aging parents taking a second pass at childhood, a marriage gone flat, not to mention menopause and memory loss.
Papandrea, who is currently in production on the second season of Big Little Lies for HBO, will serve as an executive producer for the series with Casey Haver, Jeanne Snow and Steve Hutensky for Made Up Stories.
Author Pearson is a columnist for the UK’s Daily Telegraph and has won many awards for her journalism. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards for her first novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It?. The hilarious yet heartbreaking tale of a woman trying to juggle family and career has sold 4 million copies worldwide in over 34 translations.
“I am delighted that Bruna and her amazing team at Made Up Stories are transforming How Hard Can It Be? into a compelling TV drama,” said Pearson today in the announcement. “Committed to telling important tales about women’s lives at this great turning point in our history, Made Up Stories is the perfect producer for my novel. We have such a wealth of great actresses in their prime right now; I can’t wait to see them bring my heroine and her friends to life.”