The novel, All About Brian, depicts the strange workings of the human mind that is far from reality, plagued by hostile voices from which there seems to be no escape.
Brian Martin is a paranoid schizophrenic, plagued with the problem of hearing voices from which he could find no escape. His problem begins very early in his life and progresses over the years. His suffering is shared by his family, particularly his mother whose anxiety for her son is adversely affecting her health, aggravated by osteoporosis – a condition that has caused her bones to get so brittle that she finally suffers a fractured hip.
His mental condition begins to manifest itself during childhood, when he runs away from school, but is soon located; he isolates himself from other children and demonstrates a behavior so peculiar that the principal of his school becomes concerned enough to report to his mother that he should see a child psychiatrist for a thorough analysis of his behavior.
As Brian grows older, he continues to hear hostile voices, invariably urging him to run away in order to escape from imminent danger.
The entire family, including the housemaid, get involved with Brian’s problem. The burden of trying to locate him, each time he runs away from home, falls on his brother’s shoulder.
Brian’s bizarre escapades, not only cause him a great deal of suffering, but also serve to inflict a deepening anxiety on the rest of the family, while his narrow escapes from danger continue to present a problem for himself and others.
Brian’s participation in group therapy leads to a meeting with a certain girl who happens to understand his problem, so much so that they get romantically involved. They finally get married, but after the birth of his son, they get divorced after relocating to Winnipeg, Canada, where her aunt is instrumental in splitting them apart after she gets introduced to her adopted son and marries him soon thereafter. Brian finally returns home in Angeles, while being heavily medicated, together with an escort.
Shortly thereafter, Brian’s mother becomes seriously ill when she extracts a promise from Jerry, Brian’s older brother, not to abandon Brian or lose sight of him.
ALL ABOUT BRIAN is a novel that portrays the pain and suffering that families suffer with those that are afflicted with emotional and mental maladies.
The story fans out around various episodes, pinpointing in every detail, the agony of, not only the victim, but also those that surround him, in an environment of uncertainty and debilitating stress.