Visible Empire

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 cultural leaders following a luxurious arts-oriented tour of Europe, crashed shortly after takeoff in Paris. In one fell swoop, many of the city’s wealthiest residents perished.

Left behind were children, spouses, lovers, friends, and a city on the cusp of great change: the Civil Rights movement was at its peak, the hedonism of the 60s was at its doorstep. In Hannah Pittard’s dazzling and most ambitious novel yet, she gives us the journeys of those who must now rebuild this place and their lives.

Visible Empire follows the chaos—and hope—that remained in the wake of the crash, and the truths that became evident because of it. This is a story about how we choose to look at the world, and those moments when we finally see it for what it is—whether we’re ready for that clarity or not.

Title:Visible Empire
ISBN:9780544748064
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    Visible Empire Reviews

  • 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 ...

  • 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; w...

  • 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 plan...

  • 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-...

  • 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,...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 recogni...

  • Andrew Campbell

    Mercy. 100 pages in and this bears all the marks of a connect-the-dots worksheet, a book that birthed a deadline before it spawned a spine.Lapses in diction. Rote imagery and phrases. Reportage passin...

  • 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 an...