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 ch From a writer who ?deserves the attention of anyone in search of today's best fiction?* comes an epic n...

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Title:Visible Empire
Author:Hannah Pittard
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0544748069
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Visible Empire Reviews

  • Andrew Campbell
    Feb 09, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

  • Melissa
    Sep 21, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

  • KrisTina
    Jul 20, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

  • Jill
    Sep 11, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

    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 wa...

    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/Synopsis The foundation of Visible Empire is the 1962 fat...

    A beautifully written, hard-to-classify book, about a moment in time in Atlanta when the city suffered an unspeakable loss. It is 1962, and things are changing socially, culturally, and politically, and then, thousands of miles away in Paris, a plane falls from the sky. The connect...

    The book is based on an actual plane crash in 1962 that killed over 100 of Atlanta?s most prominent citizens. I expected the novel to be about the crash, but there?s very little about the actual event. The novel is Pittard?s invention of what the aftermath of that crash may have ...

    Rounded up on this one, but I am really riding the waves of thought after finishing this book. There was a point, mid-way through, when I wondered if I would have enjoyed a non-fiction book about this same event (1962 plane crash at Orly, killing almost all on board- who were mostly we...

    3.5?. Multiple narrative style, based on an actual plane crash in 1962 Atlanta. The chaos theory approach was a little confusing as sometimes it took a while to figure out what point in time the narrator was referencing. Not bad. 3.5??. Multiple narrative style, based o...

  • Jill
    May 16, 2018

    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. ...

  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    Jun 05, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

  • Lauren Hopkins
    Sep 08, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

    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 wa...

    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/Synopsis The foundation of Visible Empire is the 1962 fat...

    A beautifully written, hard-to-classify book, about a moment in time in Atlanta when the city suffered an unspeakable loss. It is 1962, and things are changing socially, culturally, and politically, and then, thousands of miles away in Paris, a plane falls from the sky. The connect...

    The book is based on an actual plane crash in 1962 that killed over 100 of Atlanta?s most prominent citizens. I expected the novel to be about the crash, but there?s very little about the actual event. The novel is Pittard?s invention of what the aftermath of that crash may have ...

    Rounded up on this one, but I am really riding the waves of thought after finishing this book. There was a point, mid-way through, when I wondered if I would have enjoyed a non-fiction book about this same event (1962 plane crash at Orly, killing almost all on board- who were mostly we...

    3.5?. Multiple narrative style, based on an actual plane crash in 1962 Atlanta. The chaos theory approach was a little confusing as sometimes it took a while to figure out what point in time the narrator was referencing. Not bad. 3.5??. Multiple narrative style, based o...

    Don't bother. This is not about the Orly crash. It is about some people who knew people who died in the crash. It tells the stories of their quirky and sordid little lives during the summer after the crash. Seriously. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO DIED OR THE TRIP OR THE CRASH OR THE A...

    "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 ...

    I hate stories like this where every section is different and it's like, "they all connect!" but they way they "connect" is just that the characters all are in the same room once at the end. ...

  • Sharon Huether
    Apr 12, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

  • Drew
    May 27, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

  • Lisa
    Jun 16, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

  • Cathi
    Aug 22, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

    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 wa...

    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/Synopsis The foundation of Visible Empire is the 1962 fat...

    A beautifully written, hard-to-classify book, about a moment in time in Atlanta when the city suffered an unspeakable loss. It is 1962, and things are changing socially, culturally, and politically, and then, thousands of miles away in Paris, a plane falls from the sky. The connect...

    The book is based on an actual plane crash in 1962 that killed over 100 of Atlanta?s most prominent citizens. I expected the novel to be about the crash, but there?s very little about the actual event. The novel is Pittard?s invention of what the aftermath of that crash may have ...

    Rounded up on this one, but I am really riding the waves of thought after finishing this book. There was a point, mid-way through, when I wondered if I would have enjoyed a non-fiction book about this same event (1962 plane crash at Orly, killing almost all on board- who were mostly we...

  • ImLisaAnn
    Jun 13, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

    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 wa...

    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/Synopsis The foundation of Visible Empire is the 1962 fat...

  • Alison Law
    Dec 30, 2017

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

  • Jessica
    Jun 22, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

    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 wa...

    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/Synopsis The foundation of Visible Empire is the 1962 fat...

    A beautifully written, hard-to-classify book, about a moment in time in Atlanta when the city suffered an unspeakable loss. It is 1962, and things are changing socially, culturally, and politically, and then, thousands of miles away in Paris, a plane falls from the sky. The connect...

    The book is based on an actual plane crash in 1962 that killed over 100 of Atlanta?s most prominent citizens. I expected the novel to be about the crash, but there?s very little about the actual event. The novel is Pittard?s invention of what the aftermath of that crash may have ...

    Rounded up on this one, but I am really riding the waves of thought after finishing this book. There was a point, mid-way through, when I wondered if I would have enjoyed a non-fiction book about this same event (1962 plane crash at Orly, killing almost all on board- who were mostly we...

    3.5?. Multiple narrative style, based on an actual plane crash in 1962 Atlanta. The chaos theory approach was a little confusing as sometimes it took a while to figure out what point in time the narrator was referencing. Not bad. 3.5??. Multiple narrative style, based o...

    Don't bother. This is not about the Orly crash. It is about some people who knew people who died in the crash. It tells the stories of their quirky and sordid little lives during the summer after the crash. Seriously. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO DIED OR THE TRIP OR THE CRASH OR THE A...

    "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 ...

  • Horse N.
    Nov 13, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

    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 wa...

    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/Synopsis The foundation of Visible Empire is the 1962 fat...

    A beautifully written, hard-to-classify book, about a moment in time in Atlanta when the city suffered an unspeakable loss. It is 1962, and things are changing socially, culturally, and politically, and then, thousands of miles away in Paris, a plane falls from the sky. The connect...

    The book is based on an actual plane crash in 1962 that killed over 100 of Atlanta?s most prominent citizens. I expected the novel to be about the crash, but there?s very little about the actual event. The novel is Pittard?s invention of what the aftermath of that crash may have ...

    Rounded up on this one, but I am really riding the waves of thought after finishing this book. There was a point, mid-way through, when I wondered if I would have enjoyed a non-fiction book about this same event (1962 plane crash at Orly, killing almost all on board- who were mostly we...

    3.5?. Multiple narrative style, based on an actual plane crash in 1962 Atlanta. The chaos theory approach was a little confusing as sometimes it took a while to figure out what point in time the narrator was referencing. Not bad. 3.5??. Multiple narrative style, based o...

    Don't bother. This is not about the Orly crash. It is about some people who knew people who died in the crash. It tells the stories of their quirky and sordid little lives during the summer after the crash. Seriously. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO DIED OR THE TRIP OR THE CRASH OR THE A...

  • Francie
    May 02, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

  • Janet
    Nov 11, 2017

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Bethany Turner
    Nov 06, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

  • Bonnie Brody
    May 17, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

  • Nia Forrester
    Aug 18, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

    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 wa...

    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/Synopsis The foundation of Visible Empire is the 1962 fat...

    A beautifully written, hard-to-classify book, about a moment in time in Atlanta when the city suffered an unspeakable loss. It is 1962, and things are changing socially, culturally, and politically, and then, thousands of miles away in Paris, a plane falls from the sky. The connect...

  • Jill Meyer
    Apr 07, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

  • Jennifer Kepesh
    Aug 04, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

  • Amy lifewiththe_williams
    Jun 17, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

    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 wa...

  • Mary Lins
    Apr 19, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

  • Charlsa
    Aug 03, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

  • Rachael Rennard
    Aug 26, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

    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 wa...

    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/Synopsis The foundation of Visible Empire is the 1962 fat...

    A beautifully written, hard-to-classify book, about a moment in time in Atlanta when the city suffered an unspeakable loss. It is 1962, and things are changing socially, culturally, and politically, and then, thousands of miles away in Paris, a plane falls from the sky. The connect...

    The book is based on an actual plane crash in 1962 that killed over 100 of Atlanta?s most prominent citizens. I expected the novel to be about the crash, but there?s very little about the actual event. The novel is Pittard?s invention of what the aftermath of that crash may have ...

  • Lynn Barbre
    Jun 09, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

    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...

    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 ...

    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,...

    3ish that I'm rounding up. I liked it well enough, but didn't quite connect with it enough to make it a real standout. ...

    I knew nothing about the events of June 3,1962 or their affect on Atlanta. Visible Empire follows multiple storylines in Atlanta in the aftermath of Chateau de Sully crash. I enjoyed how Pittard wove the stories together to give a more complete look at the aftermath. Very enjoyable rea...

    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...

    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 passing itself off as invention (or the reverse; either way, it's impossible to divine a...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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 "ri...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    Listen to my interview with Hannah Pittard about Visible Empire on Episode 41 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. ...

    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 wa...

    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/Synopsis The foundation of Visible Empire is the 1962 fat...

    A beautifully written, hard-to-classify book, about a moment in time in Atlanta when the city suffered an unspeakable loss. It is 1962, and things are changing socially, culturally, and politically, and then, thousands of miles away in Paris, a plane falls from the sky. The connect...

    The book is based on an actual plane crash in 1962 that killed over 100 of Atlanta?s most prominent citizens. I expected the novel to be about the crash, but there?s very little about the actual event. The novel is Pittard?s invention of what the aftermath of that crash may have ...

    Rounded up on this one, but I am really riding the waves of thought after finishing this book. There was a point, mid-way through, when I wondered if I would have enjoyed a non-fiction book about this same event (1962 plane crash at Orly, killing almost all on board- who were mostly we...

    3.5?. Multiple narrative style, based on an actual plane crash in 1962 Atlanta. The chaos theory approach was a little confusing as sometimes it took a while to figure out what point in time the narrator was referencing. Not bad. 3.5??. Multiple narrative style, based o...

    Don't bother. This is not about the Orly crash. It is about some people who knew people who died in the crash. It tells the stories of their quirky and sordid little lives during the summer after the crash. Seriously. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO DIED OR THE TRIP OR THE CRASH OR THE A...

    "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 ...

    I hate stories like this where every section is different and it's like, "they all connect!" but they way they "connect" is just that the characters all are in the same room once at the end. ...

    I would not waste my time or money on this book. Not at all what I expected. ...

  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    Jun 25, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

  • Linda Hutchinson
    Jun 23, 2018

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...

    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 sudd...

  • Natalie
    Dec 12, 2017

    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. ...

    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 toget...

    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 b...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 Lil...