Y Pick of the week: Alligator Candy by David Kushner


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.


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