*** Alligator Candy by David Kushner

Alligator Candy is the last request that the author, then aged 4, made from his older brother, who took off for the corner store and never came back, having had the terrible misfortune to meet two men in search of someone to torture and exploit. As an adult, he revisits the crime and learns the gruesome details, details that his parents carefully shielded him from at the time, while reliving his guilt and the very strange days that followed his brother’s disappearance.  Despite the subject matter, it is the story of a very wonderful set of parents, so there is some hope in the gloom of the story.

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