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"Belle O'Shane has many gifts, some of them dangerous. She is passionately religious, passionately musical, passionately sexual. Chopin in the Attic is a journal of her eighteenth year, and it is a dazzling spiral of all three of her passions. A thrilling book." -- John Casey, author of National Book Award winner Spartina
"Elisabeth Bell Carroll's fascinating story of TLE reveals the depth and complexity of this brain disorder. Chopin in the Attic offers an insider's view of a disorder on the cutting edge of our understanding of the brain and mind." --Eve LaPlante, author of Seized: Temporal Lobe Epilepsy as a Medical, Historical, and Artistic Phenomenon
"Embedded in Chopin in the Attic is a hauntingly beautiful tale. Descriptions of Belle's subjective experiences are unique and occasionally approach brilliant. Also, I had the rare chance of reading how the effects of TLE feel to a young, beautiful and reverent woman." --Henry Marcucella, Ph.D., Boston University Program in Neuroscience
"Elisabeth Bell Carroll understands passion in various guises: mystical, sexual, moral and -- impressively -- intellectual. With the rigour and clarity of a Teresa or an Ignatius, Belle charts the journey of a soul driven by its deepest longings." --Russell Westkirk, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C)
"Chopin in the Attic is a literary achievement of considerable substance. It's unlike anything I've read, though in its freshness of voice and singularity of vision it reminds me of Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved Children." --David Huddle, author of The Story of a Million Years and La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl
Elisabeth Bell Carroll is the granddaughter of a master plumber and poet who left Ireland for Boston in the early 1900s, and who settled in the upper eastside of South Boston. Elisabeth, who has lived with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) since childhood, spent many summers on Martha's Vineyard.