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

  • 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...
  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    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
    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
    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...
  • Linda Hutchinson
    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 ...
  • Lisa
    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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Amy lifewiththe_williams
    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
  • KrisTina
    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
    "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
    I would not waste my time or money on this book. Not at all what I expected.
  • Carlie The Bookish Girl
    3.7 stars.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Mayleen
    Sorry. Not for me.
  • 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...
  • Stephanie
    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
    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...
  • 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...
  • Laura
    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
    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 ...
  • Ti
    The Short of It:A plane crash leaves in its wake a host of people struggling to make sense of the tragedy.The Rest of It:Visible Empire is a novel based on true events. In 1962 an Air France flight carrying Atlanta’s elite, crashed shortly after takeoff and left an entire community struggling to process the loss of so many well-known people from the art world. The book opens with the crash itself. The reader is briefly introduced to some of the...
  • Marika Gillis
    Visible Empire follows a handful of adults after their family members are killed in a Boeing 707 airplane crash. The victims of the crash were all a part of the elite patrons of Atlanta's art community who were in Europe for a tour of world-renowned art and architecture. Air France Flight 007 really did crash on June 3, 1962 while on take-off from Orly Airport, killing everybody aboard except two flight attendants. This is a fictionalized account...
  • Jan Thullen
    The 1962 plane crash that killed 100+ members of Atlanta’s art community sets this story in motion. This is less about the crash and the effect on Atlanta and more about the revelations brought about in the lives of people who lost loved ones and others who are swept up in the aftermath. Drama ensues. This was an initially absorbing story, a quick read that pulled me in.There are serious themes here: race, privilege, responsibility. Is it a ser...