Busch is the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award and the National Jewish Book Award. His last book, The Children in the Woods, was a finalist for the 1995 Pen/Faulkner Award. His most recent endeavor , Girls, is set on a college campus in upstate New York and tells the story of Jack, a security officer who becomes involved in the search for a missing teenage girl. As the investigation proceeds Jack is reminded of the death of his only child, a little girl, years before, and realizes just how dangerous it is to be a girl: "I wondered if girls had been kidnapped, murdered, preyed upon for years. Maybe it was the times and therefore everything human and otherwise from when we began might not be at fault."
Presently, Busch is working on a collection of short stories called The Reader's Guide to My Father's War and also is editing a book of letters of advice for young fiction writers.