Michelle Cameron's The Fruit of Her Hands: the Story of Shira of Ashkenaz was published by Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster) in September 2009. Based on the life of the author’s thirteenth-century ancestor, Meir ben Baruch of Rothenberg, a renowned Jewish scholar of medieval Europe, this tells the fictional story of Rabbi Meir’s wife, Shira, a devout but rebellious woman who preserves her religious traditions as she and her family witness the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.
Michelle's full-length novel in verse, In the Shadow of the Globe, a fictionalized version of Shakespeare and his fellows at Globe Theatre, was published by Lit Pot Press in late 2003 and named the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 2003-4 Winter Book Selection. It has been performed in various venues, including the Stella Adler Studio of Acting's Shakespeare Benefit for Broadway Cares.
Michelle is a director of The Writers Circle, which offers creative writing workshops and events to adults, teens and children in suburban New Jersey, including Summit, South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, and Ridgewood.
Praise for The Fruit of Her Hands:
"With a powerful immediacy, Cameron's meticulously researched historical is told by Shira, an anomalous 13th-century woman raised (and educated) like a son by her widowed father...Readers will drink in the historical detail."
— Publishers Weekly
Forthcoming: The Sword and the Spirit
The Sword and the Spirit is set during the turbulent days of Napoleon Bonaparte's Italian campaign (1796-97). When French troops occupy the Italian port city of Ancona, freeing the city’s Jews from their repressive ghetto, it unleashes a whirlwind of progressivism and brutal backlash as two very different cultures collide. Francesca, a devout Catholic, must decide if she will honor her marriage vows to an abusive and murderous husband, while Mirelle, a brilliant young Jewish woman, must choose between her duty – an arranged marriage to a wealthy Jewish merchant – and her love for a dashing French Catholic soldier. Spring of Hope depicts how the Jews and Catholics of Ancona wrestle with ancient traditions, prejudices, and the challenges of the Enlightenment.