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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Deceptions /
ISBN: 0671899546. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1982.

Possessions /
ISBN: 0671899562. OCLC Number:

Poseidon Press,. New York :. ©1984.

When her husband disappears, Katherine Fraser learns that he was leading a double life and is really a member of the wealthy Hayward family, who are prominent in San Francisco.

Private affairs /
ISBN: 0671619683. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 1987, ©1986.

Honor, love and corruption provide the themes for the new novel by the husband/wife team who wrote the popular Deceptions and Possessions. On their wedding day, Elizabeth and Matt Lovell are forced to "temporarily" shelve their bright dreams of a future in journalism and take over a family business in Santa Fe. Sixteen years later, with two teenagers and a house to support, the Lovells gamble their assets on revitalizing a failing weekly paper. Elizabeth pours her considerable talent into writing a column, "Private Affairs," but Matt's seething ambition is stymied until Keegan Rourke, a wealthy businessman, gives him the helm of a multimillion dollar newspaper chain. Reveling in the view at the top, Matt refuses to see that his integrity is threatened by Rourke's control of the political agenda, and Elizabeth's outspoken distaste for Rourke drives a wedge between them. As his wife's fame snowballs (her column now has national syndication) Matt succumbs to a fast-lane lifestyle, and their relationship crumbles. Curiously flat descriptions of the good life and padded dialogue slow the action, though glitz-and-greed fans may find enough to interest them as the scenes shift from Santa Fe to Houston, L.A. and the ubiquitous hot tubs of Aspen.

Inheritance /
ISBN: 0671899554. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 1989, ©1988.

An eccentric patriarch befriends a young woman with a police record and leaves her a good part of his fortune, but his family is determined she will not have it.

A ruling passion /
ISBN: 0671899589. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©1990.

A socialite-reporter and her network-owning boss rekindle an old romance, but when she starts investigating his jealous ex-wife's TV ministry, dangerous passions stir.

Sleeping beauty /
ISBN: 0671899597. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1990

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. OCLC Number:

Poseidon Press,. New York :. ©1993.

In this sensational new novel, Judith Michael takes one of our most universal fantasies and spins it into glorious, spellbinding reality. Claire Goddard is thirty-four years old, of modest means and looks. She has raised her teenage daughter, Emma, by herself, working as a designer, but without the confidence or means to fully realize her talent. Her only indulgence, once a week, is buying a lottery ticket. Then, one week, she wins sixty million dollars. Overnight everything changes. She quits her job, indulges in the shopping spree of a lifetime - new house, new clothes, new car, new hairstyle and makeup - and then treats herself and Emma to a celebratory cruise in Alaska. There they meet Quentin and Brix Eiger. Handsome, glamorous, a wealthy entrepreneur, Quentin sweeps Claire into his fast-lane fashionable world, while his temperamental son, Brix, engages Emma in her first love affair.

A tangled web :
ISBN: 067153288X. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©1994.

In Illinois, a pair of identical twins trade places for a week, the wife becomes a jet setter and vice versa. When the real wife dies in a yacht explosion, the jet setter stays on to continue playing her role of wife and actually falls in love. One day she learns her sister survived and is in the south of France, suffering from amnesia. A sequel to Deceptions.

Acts of love :
ISBN: 0345480376. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 2005, ©1997.

A certain smile /
ISBN: 1423357728. OCLC Number:

Brilliance Audio,. Grand Haven, MI :. [2008], ℗1999.

A clothing designer and widowed mother travels to China where she finds love with the owner of construction company, only to have their love tested by an intrusive government, corrupt businessmen, and his wildly ambitious son.



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