Rachel Basch is the author of two novels. The Passion of Reverend Nash (W.W. Norton) was named one of the five best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor. Degrees of Love (W.W. Norton, Harper Paperbacks) was translated into Dutch and German and was a selection of the Hartford Courants Book Club. Basch has reviewed books for The Washington Post Book World, and her nonfiction has appeared in n 1, Parenting, and The Huffington Post. In 2011 Basch received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and she recently won The William Van Wert Prize in fiction for the first chapter of her forthcoming novel, The Listener.
Basch holds degrees from Wesleyan University and NYUs Graduate Creative Writing Program, where she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship and a University Scholarship.