Alligator Candy: A Memoir

Written by:
David Kushner
Narrated by:
Bronson Pinchot

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2016
6 hours 19 minutes
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.
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Sherry R.

Excellent account of a family process to understand a crime - I highly recommend this book

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Leigh Kennedy

This is a beautifully written book about one of the worst nightmares imaginable. I was stuck by the authors ability to tell this story with such transparent candor. One could not help but feel grateful for the parents, sibling, and support community surrounding the family. I think it's what makes this author able to write this memoir with the grace he does. The narration was most excellent. I thought it was an authentic "voice" for such a story. I highly recommend this book and the narrator.

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Leigh E.

A little slow at first but very heartfelt and interesting to see the perspectives of everyone in the family and how they handled the tragedy. I wish it had a little better flow however

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Kate H

Awesome incredible outstanding can't think of enough words to describe how enjoyable it was to read something so well written and insightful. I hope to hear more from this author

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