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01 April 2022
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.

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?

'O'Leary's 51 is literary fiction on LSD, laced with surreal dreamscapes, humour, and dark insights into the human condition.' - William C. Dietz, author of the Winds of War series

'O'Leary and his metaphysical snake slither across a hallucinogenic Alice In Wonderland/Yellow Submarine/Slaughterhouse Five narrative that is even weirder than the reality that is America.' - Mario Acevedo, author of The Nymphos of Rocky Flats

Praise for Door Number Three

'[O'Leary's] voice is fresh and funny, and he is bold enough to offer this assessment of the human condition as seen from a therapist's perspective 'The only terror that heals: the terror of being ourselves.''- New York Times
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Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9781616963484
ISBN 10:   1616963484
Pages:   296
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for 51

Advance Praise for 51 O'Leary's 51 is literary fiction on LSD, laced with surreal dreamscapes, humor, and dark insights into the human condition. --William C. Dietz, author of the Winds of War series O'Leary and his metaphysical snake slither across a hallucinogenic Alice In Wonderland/Yellow Submarine/Slaughterhouse Five narrative that is even weirder than the reality that is America. --Mario Acevedo, author of The Nymphos of Rocky Flats Praise for Door Number Three [O'Leary's] voice is fresh and funny, and he is bold enough to offer this assessment of the human condition as seen from a therapist's perspective 'The only terror that heals: the terror of being ourselves.' --New York Times [STARRED REVIEW] A highly appealing mix of skilled writing and zany imaginings, this novel bears positive comparison not only to the work of Philip K. Dick but also to the earlier SF of Kurt Vonnegut. . . . One of the best books of the year. --Publishers Weekly An idiosyncratic, witty, labyrinthine, preposterous, unrestrained, and often highly entertaining debut. --Kirkus A staggering concept richly realized. --Interzone Funny and moving . . . a distinctive new voice in the field. --San Francisco Chronicle It might well be the best sf novel of the past year. --The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction A grand, sardonic comedy of consensual reality gone awry. --James Morrow, author of Shambling Toward Hiroshima Praise for The Gift Echoes of Tolkien reverberate throughout this wonderful fantasy, a satisfying story-within-a-story in which a king and his youthful companion try to best the forces of evil. --Booklist, Editor's Choice It's witty, weird, often enchanting. --Kirkus A magical tale. --Library Journal It is mature, thoughtful, provocative, and exceptionally beautifully written fantasy, and O'Leary makes it resonate. There are books you read once, and cast aside forever, and then there are books that call you back again and again. The Gift is such a book. --Locus Patrick O'Leary can be alternately funny and incredibly tragic, wise and light-hearted. --Starlog


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