The author of six books, Gish has published short work in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and dozens of other periodicals and anthologies. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, which John Updike edited, and was nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award. PBS featured Gish’s work in a special on the American novel in its series American Masters.
Gish is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship and numerous other awards. An American Academy of Arts and Letters jury comprising John Updike, Cynthia Ozick, Don DeLillo and Joyce Carol Oates granted her a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award. Gish delivered the William E. Massey, Sr. Lecture in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University in 2012. Her most recent book is The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap.