The TPBCMG book for October 2013 is The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. The Moviegoer is Percy's debut novel, first published in 1961. It won the U.S. National Book Award and Time magazine included it in its "100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005." In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Moviegoer sixtieth on its list of the hundred best English-language novels of the twentieth century.
The Moviegoer tells the story of Binx Bolling, a young stock-broker in postwar New Orleans. The decline of southern U.S. tradition, the problems of his family and his traumatic experiences in the Korean War have left him alienated from his own life. He day-dreams constantly, has trouble engaging in lasting relationships and finds more meaning and immediacy in movies and books than in his own routine life. The plot follows Binx Bolling as he breaks out of his caged everyday life and launches himself on a journey, a quest, in "search" of his inner self. He wanders the streets of New Orleans' French Quarter, Chicago, and travels the Gulf Coast, where he is constantly challenged to define himself in relation to friends, family, sweet-hearts and career despite his urge to remain vague and open to possibility.