From the reviews of Safe Passage.
"The 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut provides the crisis element in this moving novel about a family waiting to hear if a son and brother has survived the blast. . . Vivid and heartwarming. . . One comes to care about every one of Bache's characters."
"This warmhearted novel works on a number of levels — as a suspense tale, as a family drama, even as a comedy — but its truest achievement is its recognition of the complexities of parenting."
"From word one, this story's tense. . . Not only does Bache know how to develop a page-turner, she also knows her characters. Like Anne Tyler, Ellyn Bache draws her characters from the inside."