Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard

Visible Empire

From a writer who “deserves the attention of anyone in search of today's best fiction”* comes an epic novel—based on true events—of wealth, race, grief, and love, charting one sweltering summer in Atlanta that left no one unchanged (*Washington Post)It’s a humid June day when the phones begin to ring in Atlanta: disaster has struck. Air France Flight 007, which had been chartered to ferry home more than one hundred of Atlanta’s cultur...


Details Visible Empire

TitleVisible Empire
ISBN9780544748064
Author
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction
Rating

Reviews Visible Empire

  • Jill
    2018-05-16
    Visible Empire had a lot of initial promise. Based on reality, an Air France charter flight, filled with some of Atlanta’s most prestigious art lovers and patrons, crashed upon take-off in Paris in the early 1960s. Families and friends were devastated and children were left orphans. In the meantime, the city of Atlanta was in the midst of the Camelot era, yet dealing with the inequities of social, economic and racial disparities.I expected a no...
  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    2018-06-25
    Thank you to Doubleday and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book.I know many people have mixed feelings about fiction based on real life events, but I’m a fan! In Visible Empire, the Orly plane crash is the big event that ties lots of disparate people and perspectives together (and the opening chapters recounting the crash are riveting). The overall book is more a portrait of Atlanta in the 1960’s from all these different perspectives (...
  • Sharon Huether
    2018-04-12
    A story about the 1962 air line crash in Paris. All were lost on the trip back to the U.S. These were the art loving people of Atlanta.One of the families affected by the loss of family and friends; was Robert and Lily, they saw their future disappear. Lily was at home, expecting a baby soon. The tragedy brought Robert and Lily back together.There were parts of this book that took off in a totally different.It didn't flow.I won this book through ...
  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    2018-06-05
    Loved the cover, loved the description, didn't love the book.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀While I could totally enjoy this novel as a mini-series, it didn't work for me as a novel. It had a lot of promise- historical fiction based on a plane crash in 1962 and the survivors back home in Atlanta who are left to pick up the pieces of their new reality. After reading it, I wasn't sure it had much to do with the plane crash at all. You know those books tha...
  • Lisa
    2018-06-16
    I was completely caught up in this novel, but the ending felt rushed. Pittard's writing is lovely, and I will read her other novels.
  • Linda Hutchinson
    2018-06-23
    I am a little flummoxed about how to review this book. Was it about race relations in Atlanta, or was it about a plane crash in France where 100 or more of the wealthiest citizens of Atlanta perished, or was it about infidelity, or was it about interracial romance, or was it about suddenly rich survivors? The novel started with an interesting story line but the book disintegrated (along with the plane) into a variety of vignettes that really did ...
  • Bonnie Brody
    2018-05-17
    This novel is based on a real plane crash that occurred in 1962 as a French plane was taking off for Atlanta. Virtually all the passengers died in the crash and their remains were burnt beyond recognition. Almost all of the passengers were from Atlanta, having completed a European tour and now heading home. The novel is told from the points of view of those who lost loved ones in the crash or were connected to the deceased in some way.Robert is m...
  • Natalie
    2017-12-12
    Pittard has managed to write an exquisite novel about a few weeks in the lives of people living in Atlanta in 1962. The catalyst which propels the story is the crash of a plane carrying the leading and richest citizens of Atlanta. The book centers around the lives of Robert and Lily, profoundly affected by the crash. Lily has lost both her parents and her wealth while Robert has lost his mistress. .The book takes the reader through the issues of ...
  • Janet
    2017-11-11
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - It’s a humid June day when the phones begin to ring in Atlanta: disaster has struck. Air France Flight 007, which had been chartered to ferry home more than one hundred of Atlanta’s cultural leaders following a luxurious arts-oriented tour of Europe, crashed shortly after takeoff in Paris. In one fell swoop, many of the...
  • Jennifer Kepesh
    2018-08-04
    I didn't know anything about this book except the blurb--it was a sale book on Kindle. I wasn't expecting to be as deeply invested in it as I became. I think that the reason is that it is a book that starts with a story of Atlanta I had never heard--the story of a plane crash in Paris, France, that killed more than 100 of Atlanta's most prominent white citizens, who had spent a month in Europe on an art tour. This really happened in 1962. The Woo...
  • Jill Meyer
    2018-04-07
    On June 3, 1962, an Air France charter flight bound for New York City and then Atlanta, crashed upon takeoff from Paris's Orly Airport. Only two people on the 707 survived the crash; the other 130 people were killed. All the 120 passengers were from Atlanta and were returning from a three week tour of Europe. All were from Atlanta's wealthiest and most prestigious families and their deaths echoed for years in the arts and social communities of th...
  • Mary Lins
    2018-04-19
    I'll bet dollars-to-donuts that Hanna Pittard's new historical fiction, "Visible Empire", will be made into a film or TV show/series. It's got tons of cinema-graphic elements (an actual PLANE CRASH fer crying out loud!) plus stir in the current nostalgia for the 1960s and plenty of "rich and beautiful" characters, race-relations and Civil Rights history; well, that's a recipe Hollywood won't pass up.Based on a true event: a 1962 plane crash in Pa...
  • Francie
    2018-05-02
    As a native Atlantan transplanted to Northern California as an adult, I was eager to read "Visible Empire" set in Atlanta, GA in the immediate aftermath of the Orly airplane crash which tragically killed many local arts patrons in 1962. I was twelve years old when this event occurred and vividly recall my horror at the many children orphaned by this event as well as the beautiful Rodin sculpture gifted by the city of Paris to the city of Atlanta ...
  • Drew
    2018-05-27
    Rounding up from 3.5 - I really enjoyed the first 3/4s of the novel and the panoply of characters Pittard introduces, giving us a swirling view of Atlanta in 1962. But everything starts to feel a bit glancing, especially the politics, and the novel ultimately concludes with a scene of off-screen horror and then a limp wrap-up.Still, I adore Pittard’s writing and I’m aware that this was a deeply personal novel for her - so, okay, I’m glad I ...
  • Amy lifewiththe_williams
    2018-06-17
    Wow. This book was so moving and so thought provoking and so relevant to our time even tho it is set in the 1960’s. It’s sad to realize that we haven’t progressed as much as we think. I loved the character driven story tho, each and every character and their development in the wake of this tragedy
  • ImLisaAnn
    2018-06-13
    I received a digital ARC of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on NetGalley. I’m grateful to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for their generosity and am happy to post this honest review. All opinions are my own.Foundation/SynopsisThe foundation of Visible Empire is the 1962 fatal crash of an Air France jet transporting 121 of Atlanta’s art patrons—the wealthy, white, upper-crust of the city. From there, Pittard builds her tale of those left...
  • Charlsa
    2018-08-03
    The title was clever. Unfortunately, it’s the only thing in this book was clever. It covered no knew ground nor did it put forth any fresh thoughts. The plane crash was simply a jumping off point for a different topic. The stories were disjointed and lacking in development, much less conclusion. Piedmont was the only likeable character. Lulu drove me nuts. I wanted to skip over all the dialogues between her and the Mayor. I felt duped. I almost...
  • KrisTina
    2018-07-20
    Stupid. Seriously - I follow Modern Mrs. Darcy and this was on her summer recommendation list - but did she really read this book? I can't imagine why it would have been recommended. It pretended to touch on issues of class and race but instead it just was a flat not-interesting story full of characters that were not sympathetic but instead were just weird. Don't read it.
  • Jessica
    2018-06-22
    "It was four trustees of the Art Association and a former president of Oglethorpe University and half the members of the Junior League and both cofounders of the Atlanta English-Speaking Union and seven volunteers of the Humane Society and twenty members of the Druid Hills High School PTA and another twelve of Westminster's PTA and three faculty members of Emory University, not to mention the first female clerk of the Georgia Supreme Court. It wa...
  • Lynn Barbre
    2018-06-09
    I would not waste my time or money on this book. Not at all what I expected.
  • Carlie The Bookish Girl
    2018-07-05
    3.7 stars.
  • Mayleen
    2017-11-16
    Sorry. Not for me.
  • Stephanie
    2018-06-24
    I was REALLY looking forward to reading Hannah Pittard”s new book Invisible Empire. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley, I received a copy in exchange for this honest review.The book is based on the real-life crash of an Air France flight seconds into takeoff from Orly airport in Paris in 1962. 130 people died, and this backstory provides an amazing number of potential stories of those on the flight as well as their families, frie...
  • Aerielle Moss
    2018-07-16
    I love historical fiction, and being a fellow ATLien myself, I was inclined to give this summer read a chance. But before I delve deep into this review, I must say that setting this story in Atlanta, Georgia in the 60s has ~hella~ potential. But anyways, I'm gonna go ahead and flag this as having spoilers, so if you haven't read this novel, this is your cue.FIRST OF ALL... It was an okay read. I love that this novel is set in the 1960s as I've me...
  • Susie Williams
    2018-08-10
    (I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review)3.5 starsI had totally mixed feelings on Visible Empire and honestly can't make my mind up about how I feel about it! It started off so strongly for me. I had never heard about Air France Flight 007 and was totally intrigued about the fact so many prominent Atlanta residents died in the crash. At the start of Visible Empire, you can feel the despair of the city and the residents who ...
  • Patricia Romero
    2018-04-02
    Over 100 art lovers, patrons, and journalists from Atlanta, Georgia have been killed in the horrific crash of Air France at Orly. Leaving behind family and friends to grieve. Told from multiple points of view, we follow Robert and his wife Lily. Robert has been a very bad boy and has just told Lily about his affair with a fellow reporter and has been promptly kicked to the curb. Lily is end the last stages of pregnancy when she finds out the nex...
  • Laura
    2018-07-04
    Hannah Pittard's novel begins with the June 3, 1962, Orly Airport crash of a charter plane carrying 121 of Atlanta's biggest arts patrons, killing all of the passengers and all but 2 of the crew -- but the book is not really about the crash. The scene shifts to Atlanta, where the remainder of the book focuses on the impact of the crash on several Atlanta families and on the city itself as it moves through the early stages of the civil rights move...
  • Rachel
    2018-07-07
    I first heard about Visible Empire on a podcast back in the second half of 2017. Waiting until the summer of 2018 to read it seemed unbearable.It's fair to say that Visible Empire was one of my most anticipated reads of this year, so I'm a bit confused as to how to even write this review. Looking back, it definitely didn't live up to the high expectations I'd been setting myself up for, but then again, I can't exactly pin down the one reason why ...