From a writer who deserves the attention of anyone in search of today's best fiction* comes an epic novelbased on true eventsof wealth, race, grief, and love, charting one sweltering summer in Atlanta that left no one unchanged (*Washington Post)Its 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 Atlantas cultural leaders following a luxurious arts-oriented tour of Europe, crashed shortly after takeoff in Paris. In one fell swoop, many of the citys 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 Pittards 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 chaosand hopethat 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 iswhether were ready for that clarity or not....
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Visible Empire Reviews
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 Goodreads First reads.
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 to her books. This book is no different.
Her char ...more
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 Paris that killed 121 of Atlanta's upper class who w ...more
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
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 novel that concentrated on the emotional growth proces ...more
Sorry. Not for me.
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 not pull the story together. I’ll be interested in ...more