Safe Passage
ISBN 0-9635967-7-2
$10.95 trade paperback
234 pages

In October, 1983, Mag and Patrick Singer wake up to the news that one of their seven sons might have been killed in the terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut. For three days, while they await news of his fate, the family members try to come to terms with themselves and each other as they reach out to the hope that their son and brother has not been harmed.

This novel became a feature film starring Susan Sarandon and Sam Shepard. It was also a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club Selection.

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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."
–Publishers Weekly

"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."
–The Baltimore Sun


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