Epileptic is a memoir of childhood and disease, and also tackles the dreams and fantasies of emerging maturity. When Pierre’s brother, Jean-Christophe, develops epilepsy age 11, his family is profound affected. In a search for a cure his parents seek the advice of all manner of alternative therapists, mediums and communities; but alas any improvement is often short lived. Pierre seeks solace in drawing elaborate battle scenes and as an adult becomes the acclaimed cartoonist David B. In contrast the adult Jean-Christophe becomes demoralised and distant, his life dominated by the side effects of his medication and his still constant seizures. Central to the book, the relationship between Pierre and Jean-Christophe remains complicated.