Alligator Candy

Alligator Candy

A Memoir

Book - 2016 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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From award-winning journalist David Kushner, a regular contributor to Rolling Stone , The New Yorker , Vanity Fair , and other premier magazines, Alligator Candy is a reported memoir about family, survival, and the unwavering power of love.

David Kushner grew up in the early 1970s in the Florida suburbs. It was when kids still ran free, riding bikes and disappearing into the nearby woods for hours at a time. One morning in 1973, however, everything changed. David's older brother Jon biked through the forest to the convenience store for candy, and never returned.

Every life has a defining moment, a single act that charts the course we take and determines who we become. For Kushner, it was Jon's disappearance--a tragedy that shocked his family and the community at large. Decades later, now a grown man with kids of his own, Kushner found himself unsatisfied with his own memories and decided to revisit the episode a different way: through the eyes of a reporter. His investigation brought him back to the places and people he once knew and slowly made him realize just how much his past had affected his present. After sifting through hundreds of documents and reports, conducting dozens of interviews, and poring over numerous firsthand accounts, he has produced a powerful and inspiring story of loss, perseverance, and memory. Alligator Candy is searing and unforgettable.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2016.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451682533
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 22 cm.


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Dec 03, 2017

When he was just 4 years old, David's 11 year old brother Jon vanished while riding his bike alone to the corner store to buy candy. In this highly personal memoir, David discusses how his family coped with the tragedy. Some details about the crime and the detective work are provided in the later half of the book, but this book isn't really a traditional "true crime" novel.

Oct 09, 2016

Well written and heart breaking. This poignant memoir is written like a thriller. The author takes us on his decades'-long quest to learn what happened to his brother and figure out how all the elements collided on that fateful day.

Kushner takes us on his what-if rabbit hole and makes us wonder with him.

Well done and kudos to the author for opening up personal wounds. Perhaps his experiences in dealing with his loss might provide compassion and healing for others who've experienced loss.

ArapahoeKati Sep 24, 2016

What happens to the family of an abducted and murdered child? How do they cope with grief? I haven't come across another memoir like this, told from the perspective of the youngest brother. Highly recommend. Also, the murder is described in detail, so it may be difficult for some readers.

Sep 10, 2016

Interesting book. The author looks back on the abduction and murder of his older brother when he was four and then revisits it as an adult writer. Poignant and penetrating at the same time.

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