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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Fain  

Pen Name: Judith Michael - when writing with his wife, Judith Barnard.


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Michael Fain on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Fain was born in Chicago and currently splits his time between Chicago and Aspen, Colorado.

Biographical and Professional Information

Fain has worked as an engineer for NASA, was president of an electronics company in Canada, and published numerous scientific articles under his own name. He writes with his wife, Judith Barnard under the pen name Judith Michael. Jointly, under their two names, Barnard and Fain published articles on marriage and the family in Redbook, Readers' Digest, Ladies Home Journal, among others.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0671899546

Pocket Books. 1994

Troubled by a sense of lost possibilities, two twins trade places for a week to look at their lives and loves at a distance, but after a freak accident, they cannot trade back

ISBN: 0671899562

Pocket. 1994

She thought she knew her husband. She thought she knew herself. She was mistaken on both counts....

When Katherine Fraser's husband vanishes, she discovers that he has hidden his past from her...but when his wealthy family finds her and sweeps her into a world of power and luxury, the fearful, dependent wife is gradually transformed into a vibrant, glamorous woman. From San Francisco to Paris to the Côte d'Azur, Katherine tastes the romance and elegance of a world she never had dreamed possible. Suddenly, her husband returns, and forces her to choose: whether to embrace the past, or to plunge into a richly exciting new life,

and a deep, passionate new love.

When a woman gets a second chance, should she be loyal to the life she had before? Judith Michael explores this intriguing question

in the unforgettable bestseller Possessions.

Private Affairs
ISBN: 0671619683

Pocket. 1987

Judith Michael has millions of loyal fans. Her first two novels, Deceptions and Possessions, were coast-to-coast hardcover and paperback bestsellers. Now with Private Affairs, she is sure to have her most successful paperback yet!.

ISBN: 0671899554

Pocket. 1994

When Laura Fairchild goes to work for the wealthy Salingers of Boston, she finds love and luxury, only to lose everything when the secret of her past is revealed

A Ruling Passion
ISBN: 0671899589

Pocket. 2001

Judith Michael creates unforgettable characters and a vivid, richly textured world -- where passions can be stronger than love -- in this splendid bestseller.

Pampered socialite Valerie Sterling is shattered by her husband's death and the mysterious loss of her wealth. But she finds within herself the will to build a new life, and rekindles a romance with television network head Nicholas Fielding. Valerie is utterly unaware of the dangerous passions she is stirring up in Sybille Enderby, her childhood friend and daughter of a seamstress on one of Valerie's estates. Clawing her way up in the television industry, Sybille has always longed to possess all that Valerie has. Yet success, marriage, and the glittering whirl of society cannot quench Sybille's envy of her envy that grows into a powerful obsession: to destroy Valerie.

Sleeping Beauty
ISBN: 0671899597

Pocket. 1994

Back in her hometown for her grandfather's funeral, high-powered divorce lawyer Anne Garnett resolves a conflict with her Uncle Vincent begun twenty-four years earlier when both vied for control of the family empire

Pot of Gold
ISBN: 0671707043

Poseidon Pr. 1993

When modest single mother Claire Goddard wins $60 million in the lottery, her life changes in ways she cannot even begin to imagine. 300,000 first printing. Major ad/promo. Lit Guild & Doubleday Main. Tour.

A Tangled Web
ISBN: 067153288X

Pocket Books. 1995

One year after switching places with her identical twin sister for some light-hearted fun and her sister, Stephanie, is klled in a yacht explosion, Sabrina is deeply in love with her brother-in-law, until rumors that Stephanie has been seen threaten to destroy her new life. Reissue.

Acts of Love: A Novel
ISBN: 0345480376

Ballantine Books. 2005

Bestselling author Judith Michael’s most moving and captivating novel spans the pastoral beauty of the Pacific Northwest . . . the glitter of Broadway . . . the spectacular vistas of Sydney, Australia . . . and the myriad acts of love that will reunite a lost woman with her dreams, her destiny, and the one man who truly believes in her talent–and in their love. . . .

When director Lucas Cameron finds letters to his grandmother from her protégé–the brilliant young actress Jessica Fontaine, who had vanished mysteriously after a tragic accident–he is intrigued and determines to find her. When finally they meet, they have one magic week of passion and love. But still Jessica cannot return with Lucas to his world–and he cannot share hers–unless they discover the many kinds of love, and the inner strength, that can triumph over the past and open the way for their hands and hearts to join.

A Certain Smile
ISBN: 1423357728

Brilliance Audio. 2008

A bittersweet story of a perfect but impossible love, set against the teeming, complex energy and hidden dangers of contemporary China. Miranda Graham, a clothing designer and the widowed mother of two teenagers, travels to China to work with the factories that will produce her designs. Sheltered, uncertain of herself, Miranda has always stayed close to her parents and her home. At first overwhelmed by the chaotic foreignness of China, she soon discovers what she never expected or would have believed possible: a passionate, all-consuming love. Yuan Li, son of a Chinese mother and an American soldier, had his family turned upside down by the Cultural Revolution. Now, in the new China, he owns a large and successful construction company. What begins as a friendship based on curiosity and attraction soon blossoms into a love affair passionate enough to topple the cultural wall that divides them. They spend every available moment together until the realities of China - an intrusive government, corrupt businessmen, and Li's wildly ambitious son - test their love in the crucible of politics, nationality, and family loyalties.



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