51by Patrick O'Leary
The events at Roswell have long been one of the U.S. government’s best-kept secrets. But what if Area 51 contains something so bizarre that it bears little resemblance to UFOs, aliens, or anything imagined in even the most detailed conspiracy theories? In Patrick O’Leary’s long-awaited, witty, and moving new novel, a cruel government experiment and an unthinkable betrayal are set into motion by real life friends, not-quite-imaginary friends ― and a series of very confused American presidents.
“[O’Leary’s] voice is fresh and funny.’” ― New York Times
Adam Pagnucco has no idea that stopping to help a homeless man is an absolutely terrible idea. He doesn’t even recognize Winston Koop, his extremely charming ― and extremely drunk ― ex-best friend from college. Koop and Nuke had been inseparable, but then life happened. Nuke finally quit drinking, and Koop ― well, Koop was at the center of a conspiracy so massive, and so strange, that the U.S. government faked the existence of UFOs at Roswell.
While covering up the unlikely experiments on the even more unlikely inhabitants of Area 51 for over sixty years, Koop has surreptitiously stolen the memories of hundreds of people ― if they were lucky.
As Koop makes a tormented confession of his misdeeds, Nuke discovers that listening is more than dangerous ― it’s devastating. Not only is Nuke is depending on Koop to keep his own past safe and locked away, time is running out for both of them. The strange inhabitants of Area 51 desperately need both of their help, and a rebellion is coming.
Details updated July 23, 2022
Patrick O’Leary’s first novel, Door Number Three, was lauded by Publishers Weekly as a best book of the year. His second book, The Gift, was a finalist for both the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoetic Award. O’Leary’s The Impossible Bird was selected as one of Locus’s top novels of the year. He has also published two acclaimed short story collections: Other Voices, Other Doors and The Black Heart. O’Leary lives near Detroit, where he continues to write fiction, and takes part in the prestigious Michigan Writer Series.