Norman Rush was born in 1933 in Oakland. His father was a trade union organiser and California state secretary of the Socialist Party but became a salesman when his son was born. Rush refused to serve in the Korean War and served time in jail for his resistance. While in jail, he wrote a novel but later destroyed it. He took a B.A. from Swarthmore College and then worked first as an antiquarian book dealer and then a teacher. In 1978, he and wife went to Botswana to work for the Peace Corps for five years and his experiences form the basis for his books.
1986 Whites (stories)
1991 Mating (novel)
1992 Earth, Stars, and Writers (lectures – with Philip Levine and Orlando Patterson)
2003 Mortals (novel)
2013 Subtle Bodies (novel)