by Patrick O'Leary
ISBN: Print ISBN: 9781616963484; Digital ISBN: 9781616963491
Published: February 2022
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital
With 51, Patrick O’Leary (The Gift) delivers a witty, unpredictable novel that upends one of the best-kept secrets in American history: the strange events at Area 51. What if the infamous Roswell site contains something so weird that it bears little resemblance to UFOs, aliens, or the most intricate conspiracy theories? The implausibly plausible explanation, ranging over sixty years, entangles estranged real-life friends, their not-quite-imaginary friends, and some very confused U.S. presidents.
“[O’Leary’s] voice is fresh and funny.”
—New York Times
Adam Pagnucco is just trying to help out a stranger who’s down and out. He has no idea that man is Winston Koop, his exceptionally talented, ex-best friend from college. Koop and Nuke had been inseparable, but then life happened. Nuke finally quit drinking, and Koop—well, Koop disappeared into such a massive conspiracy that the government faked UFOs just to cover it up.
After removing the memories of hundreds of people, Koop is still hiding something crucial from Nuke. Time is running out for the real inhabitants of Area 51. Can Nuke find a way to forgive but not forget?
In his long-awaited new novel, Patrick O’Leary (Door Number Three) deftly navigates the invisible currents of secrets, age, and forgiveness. Gripping, profound, and utterly unique, 51 is sure to please fans of fans of smart paranormal nostalgia, such as the X-Files, Old Man’s War, and Stranger Things.