"There are nights when the fog rests thick on North Main Street and the sounds from passing cars are all but muffled to oblivion before they reach my door. On nights like those, when the hour is late and morning is closer than midnight, I slip into an old army jacket and sit out on my front steps to listen to the silence and feel the soft isolation in the fog. And sometimes I think about old friends."

Old Friends and Foggy Nights




Ilan Fisher's insightful and delightful columns wonderfully capture the charm and depth of suburban New England.  Readers are taken on a warm tour through a place called Sharon filled with humor and a quixotic look at the human experience.

Dan Rosenfeld
Executive City Editor
  Boston Herald

The Carnie Kid is a collection of warm, insightful and refreshingly human observations about life in a small town.  But in truth, their lessons also resonate in the big city, the open prairie and just about any place in between.

Mark Jurkowitz
  Media Writer
Boston Globe


For almost a decade, columnist Ilan Fisher's lovingly descriptive prose was mostly a private reserve for readers of his hometown newspaper, The Sharon Advocate.  Often posted by magnet on refrigerator doors alongside school menus and favorite drawings, his columns were revisited time and again.

For the first time in The Carnie kid tells all, Fisher has brought together some of his best known stories.  He fields a sensitivity of place and characters rare in column writing.  Some stories provide a breathless race through life's absurdities.  Some will make you cry.

Writer/photographer Ilan Fisher lives in Sharon, Massachusetts with his wife, Jody, and son, Zev.  His daughter, Tamara, is an attorney in Boston.

He is the winner of nine  New England Press Association (NEPA) and Massachusetts Press Association (MPA) awards, including three first-place awards between 1993-1997.  He was recognized by NEPA for both his serious and humorous columns.

Fisher's work has appeared in The Sharon Advocate and many other Community Newspaper Company (CNC) publications.

Additional Publications: The Foxboro Reporter, WBUR radio, Vermont Mountain Villager, and Cranberries Magazine (including cover photo).

Get your copy...

Available in the Sharon area at:

The Book & Cup
24 Pond Street
Sharon, MA  02067
(781) 784-0600
Annie's Book Stop
Sharon Heights Plaza
Sharon, MA  02067
(781) 784-4306
Heart & Stars Bookshop
Village Shoppes
Canton, MA 02021
(781) 821-1515
16 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021
(781) 828-9338

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More reviews...

First published as a series of weekly columns in the nickel newspaper, The Sharon Advocate, Fisher's writing chronicles small town life against the backdrop of the second half of the 20th century.

In troubled times, The Carnie Kid tells all won't make the world outside go away, but it will cast you under its spell for a while.  And that's a very nice place to be.

Melody Howard Ritt, former editor, The Sharon Advocate

For years, Ilan Fisher shared his life, his thoughts, his politics and his passion with his neighbors in a column that ran in his hometown newspaper, The Sharon Advocate.  In The Carnie Kid tells all, Fisher offers a collection of columns that are, in many ways, as important and entertaining now as they were when they first "hit the streets" in the 1990s.  Balancing the poignant with the playful, The Carnie Kid tells all is a lazy Sunday read written in honest prose like a lunchtime conversation with a best friend.

Fred Lewis, feature editor, MetroWest Daily News

“An extraordinary little book... a loving view of life in a small town...His prose is lyrical... myth and reality become one.”

Sylvia Rothchild, winner, National Jewish Book Award, The Jewish Advocate

Any keen observer of the human condition, anyone who appreciates tradition, family relationships and the humps and bumps of everyday life, or the occasional need to poke a little fun at ourselves, will find a comfort zone somewhere between the covers of The Carnie Kid tells all.

Fisher fosters appreciation for other cultures and paints such delightful word pictures of places and events, we must have experienced them ourselves; how else could they seem so intimately our own?  It is a great read, a respite from a world gone mad, a shifting of balance to get our lives back on track and into perspective.

The Carnie Kid brought me back to a deeper appreciation for the everyday things and everyday people who make up my world.  Well done.

Jack Authelet, author, columnist, former editor NEPA Bulletin

A Sharon High School, grade 11, required summer reading selection

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