Gina Berriault was born in California to Russian-Jewish immigrants. During her long career she authored four novels and three story collections and won honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and several O. Henry prizes. Widely admired as one of the great American short story writers, she achieved commercial success late in life with the collection Women in Their Beds (Counterpoint, 1996), which received the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Rea Foundation Prize. “The Woman in the Rose-Colored Dress” is from that collection. Berriault died at home in 1999.