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Ellyn Bache, a longtime member of Temple of Israel, is the author of more than a dozen novels, including "Safe Passage," which became a movie starring Susan Sarandon, and a short story collection that won the Willa Cather Fiction Prize. She is the mother of four grown children and grandmother of fifteen. She lives in Greer.

Ellyn's new book, "Kaleidoscope: 20 Stories Celebrating Women's Magazine Fiction," is a collection of her stories originally published in such magazines as McCall's and Good Housekeeping -- a celebration of women's magazine fiction during the height of its popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, always entertaining. the stories in the collection were praised by the Wilmington (NC) Star-News as "Surprisingly good . . . surprisingly contemporary, [likely to] cure some readers of their stereotypes about women's magazines" The book makes a perfect Mother's Day gift for women who warmly remember -- and still miss -- the short stories that used to grace each new issue of their women's magazines. And its relevance will surprise their daughters, too.