Stephan Lee
March 25, 2016 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Alligator Candy: A Memoir

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
David Kushner
genre
Memoir

We gave it an A-

In 1973, in a pre-Dateline world in which children roamed neighborhoods unchaperoned and without a care, 4-year-old David Kushner watched his big brother Jon bike off into the woods, never to return. An ensuing search revealed he’d been brutally murdered, and his two killers were apprehended. Almost 30 years later, Kushner, by then a journalist and father, decided to investigate his own past to answer long-lingering questions about the tragedy he’d been too young to fully understand. Kushner’s story is uniquely, horrifyingly tragic, but his reckoning with loss and the fear of loss is universal and deeply human. A–

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