by J. D. Salinger
I've just finished the first part, Franny. Her experience of finding The Way of a Pilgrim so closely resembles my own that I found this story totally compelling. You don't get to that point in the story without first having to endure some of the pointless hubris of her youthful (read collegiate) associates , something at which Salinger is more adroit at than anyone else - ever - but it is worth it, and makes her escape into the spiritual more compelling.
If you have ever suspected that there is an alternate way to live life and see purpose in it, you should read this brief story. It will give you hope.