"A curious, tender book, provocatively and intelligently imagined."SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEBinx Bolling is s small-time stockbroker who lives quietly in suburban New Orleans, pursuing an interest in the movies, affairs with his secretaries, and living out his days. But soon he finds himself on a "search" for something more important, something that will measure and mark and hold his life forever against the passage of time. And one fateful Mardi Gras week, he finds it in a way, and with a woman, he would never have expected...."A brilliant novel...Percy touches the rim of so many human mysteries."HARPER'SFrom the author of THE THANATOS SYNDROME.From the Paperback edition.