The editor called it Albert’s first published work since her invented author was exposed. In 2007, Albert was fined $110,000 in economic damages for signing contracts as LeRoy, writing “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things,” “Sarah,” and “Harold’s End” under that name.
Here’s an excerpt from Albert’s new story: “I had killed my pet miniature turtles. When I was two I pressed down on them like sandwich bread. They didn’t move any more. No matter how hard I knocked on their shell. They went down the incinerator and I understood the act of murder.”