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
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Visible Empire

  • Sharon Huether
    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 ...
  • Jill
    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...
  • Bonnie Brody
    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...
  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    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...
  • Jill Meyer
    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...
  • Francie
    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 ...
  • Natalie
    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 ...
  • ImLisaAnn
    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...
  • Janet
    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...
  • Patricia Romero
    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...
  • Mary Lins
    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...
  • Elizabeth
    Hannah Pittard's Visible Empire is a fictionalized account of a real airplane crash that occurred in 1962, affecting the city of Atlanta as 120 citizens from the city - namely people in the arts world - died in the crash as they were returning from a trip to Paris.. The story is told from multiple points of view, including Robert's and Lily's, a married couple who have lost a mistress and parents (respectively) in the crash. Robert loses his ever...
  • Rachel Colbert
    My only wish is that I had a full day to sit down with a tall glass of iced tea and read this in one sitting. Alas, my life did not allow for such an extravagance, but I'll just have to live with that.When I first heard about the subject of this novel, I was very interested to see how Pittard would handle a true historical fiction. Her writing is always sharp and deeply emotional, revealing an intimate aspect that I've always thought adds a depth...
  • Megan Bell
    I knew only tangentially about the Orly Disaster--the plane crash that killed over a hundred of Atlanta's arts leaders in May of 1962--before reading this new novel from Hannah Pittard. Pittard contextualizes the Orly Disaster within a city wrestling with history and progress on a global stage, from a fledgling arts scene to the Civil Rights Movement. Taking the facts from the dry pages of history, Pittard breathes life into a steamy Georgia summ...
  • Alicia
    2018-05-27 think Pittard's latest is not my FAVORITE of her novels, but it is still a very GOOD one. Apparently inspired by true events, it’s set in Atlanta 1962, where a large chunk of the city's rich philanthropist types have all just died in a plane crash on their way home from a group trip to Paris. The novel does a great job of evoking that sort of thick southern summer, and does a good job with racial tensio...
  • Nancy
    Not my favorite Hannah Pittard novel. The story starts with a plane crash in 1962 in Paris and we learn a little about those on board the plane. After the crash, the focus is learning more about those who were let behind - primarily a group of the haves, have nots, and used to haves in Atlanta in the early 60's.It was a challenging book for me because I found most of the characters to be unlikable and it was difficult to read about the prejudices...
  • Charlotte
    This book is a GoodReads giveaway win.In 1962 there was a plane crash that killed 130 people. Robert sent his mistress, Rita to Paris because his wife, Lily was having complications with her pregnancy. Rita was one of the 130, Robert started drinking heavy and left Lily anyway. Raif's wife Nance was killed on that flight as well and he offered to help Robert at one point, but Robert didn't want to be helped. This book is fiction. It talks about w...
  • Julie Parks
    Somehow the premise of this book, that cover and especially the fact that it's based on true events doesn't match its quality of writing.I really wanted to like it. I kept pushing it back, savoring it for later. But then when I finally got to it...I couldn't even get into it.I think there are people out there who like these kinds of books - very documentary-like but told in draggish story manner. Penny Vincenzi's books come to mind, for example. ...
  • Linda
    This book is based on a historical event occurring in the 60s. A majority of the elite of Atlanta’s cultural community are killed when their jet crashes returning home from Paris, and a city spirals down into uncontrollable grief and disbelief. This a story of the survivors left to pick up the pieces of their losses, wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, siblings, friends....all taken so quickly. How do they cope and what secrets come to life? Eve...
  • Ampersand Inc.
    Based on true events and set in 1962, a group of people receive word that a plane has crashed in Paris. A whole community of Atlanta’s most wealthiest and influential people have perished in the crash. This story follows a number of individuals – some unscrupulous and others endearing - affected by the devastating news. It’s fraught with tension as it touches on race relations, the Civil Rights movement, cheating husbands, financial scammer...
  • Ann
    This novel is based on a true event that I never knew about - a 1962 plane crash in Paris that killed 121 people that were all part of Atlanta GA upper class on an art tour of Europe. The fictional story is told by chapters of characters in Atlanta with ties to victims of the crash. I found the concept intriguing and was drawn in even though some of the main characters weren't very likable. The characters end up somewhat interwoven which was intr...
  • Drew
    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 ...
  • Ellen
  • Lynn Barbre
    I would not waste my time or money on this book. Not at all what I expected.
  • Mayleen
    Sorry. Not for me.
  • Holland Saltsman
    Historical fiction about the Air France Flight 0007 disaster that included some of the most prominent and wealthy Atlanta cultural leaders.
  • Jennifer
    Good writing but this book is very mis "genred"
  • Nancy
    I had no knowledge or recollection of the tragic airplane crash that was the starting point for this compelling historical novel. We are becoming so inured to massive tragedy that we may not take time to think about its effect on a community--this book made me think, made me remember, made me look at all the loss that our society has endured (through terrorism, through accidents, through war . . )But, the book was not just about loss, and grief--...