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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

  • Stephanie
    Jun 24, 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

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

    3.7 stars. ...

    Sorry. Not for me. ...

    I was REALLY looking forward to reading Hannah Pittard?s new book Invisible Empire. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley, I received a copy in exchange for this honest review. The book is based on the real-life crash of an Air France flight seconds into takeoff from O...

  • 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Rachel
    Jul 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

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

    3.7 stars. ...

    Sorry. Not for me. ...

    I was REALLY looking forward to reading Hannah Pittard?s new book Invisible Empire. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley, I received a copy in exchange for this honest review. The book is based on the real-life crash of an Air France flight seconds into takeoff from O...

    I love historical fiction, and being a fellow ATLien myself, I was inclined to give this summer read a chance. But before I delve deep into this review, I must say that setting this story in Atlanta, Georgia in the 60s has ~hella~ potential. But anyways, I'm gonna go ahead and flag thi...

    (I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review) 3.5 stars I had totally mixed feelings on Visible Empire and honestly can't make my mind up about how I feel about it! It started off so strongly for me. I had never heard about Air France Flight 007 and was totally...

    Over 100 art lovers, patrons, and journalists from Atlanta, Georgia have been killed in the horrific crash of Air France at Orly. Leaving behind family and friends to grieve.  Told from multiple points of view, we follow Robert and his wife Lily. Robert has been a very bad boy and ...

    Hannah Pittard's novel begins with the June 3, 1962, Orly Airport crash of a charter plane carrying 121 of Atlanta's biggest arts patrons, killing all of the passengers and all but 2 of the crew -- but the book is not really about the crash. The scene shifts to Atlanta, where the remai...

    I first heard about Visible Empire on a podcast back in the second half of 2017. Waiting until the summer of 2018 to read it seemed unbearable. It's fair to say that Visible Empire was one of my most anticipated reads of this year, so I'm a bit confused as to how to even write this ...

  • 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 ...

  • Mayleen
    Nov 16, 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

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

    3.7 stars. ...

    Sorry. Not for me. ...

  • 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Laura
    Jul 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

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

    3.7 stars. ...

    Sorry. Not for me. ...

    I was REALLY looking forward to reading Hannah Pittard?s new book Invisible Empire. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley, I received a copy in exchange for this honest review. The book is based on the real-life crash of an Air France flight seconds into takeoff from O...

    I love historical fiction, and being a fellow ATLien myself, I was inclined to give this summer read a chance. But before I delve deep into this review, I must say that setting this story in Atlanta, Georgia in the 60s has ~hella~ potential. But anyways, I'm gonna go ahead and flag thi...

    (I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review) 3.5 stars I had totally mixed feelings on Visible Empire and honestly can't make my mind up about how I feel about it! It started off so strongly for me. I had never heard about Air France Flight 007 and was totally...

    Over 100 art lovers, patrons, and journalists from Atlanta, Georgia have been killed in the horrific crash of Air France at Orly. Leaving behind family and friends to grieve.  Told from multiple points of view, we follow Robert and his wife Lily. Robert has been a very bad boy and ...

    Hannah Pittard's novel begins with the June 3, 1962, Orly Airport crash of a charter plane carrying 121 of Atlanta's biggest arts patrons, killing all of the passengers and all but 2 of the crew -- but the book is not really about the crash. The scene shifts to Atlanta, where the remai...

  • 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 ...

  • 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

  • Susie Williams
    Aug 10, 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

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

    3.7 stars. ...

    Sorry. Not for me. ...

    I was REALLY looking forward to reading Hannah Pittard?s new book Invisible Empire. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley, I received a copy in exchange for this honest review. The book is based on the real-life crash of an Air France flight seconds into takeoff from O...

    I love historical fiction, and being a fellow ATLien myself, I was inclined to give this summer read a chance. But before I delve deep into this review, I must say that setting this story in Atlanta, Georgia in the 60s has ~hella~ potential. But anyways, I'm gonna go ahead and flag thi...

    (I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review) 3.5 stars I had totally mixed feelings on Visible Empire and honestly can't make my mind up about how I feel about it! It started off so strongly for me. I had never heard about Air France Flight 007 and was totally...

  • 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. ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

  • 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. ...

    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...

  • 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Aerielle Moss
    Jul 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

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

    3.7 stars. ...

    Sorry. Not for me. ...

    I was REALLY looking forward to reading Hannah Pittard?s new book Invisible Empire. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley, I received a copy in exchange for this honest review. The book is based on the real-life crash of an Air France flight seconds into takeoff from O...

    I love historical fiction, and being a fellow ATLien myself, I was inclined to give this summer read a chance. But before I delve deep into this review, I must say that setting this story in Atlanta, Georgia in the 60s has ~hella~ potential. But anyways, I'm gonna go ahead and flag thi...

  • 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 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...

  • Patricia Romero
    Apr 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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

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

    3.7 stars. ...

    Sorry. Not for me. ...

    I was REALLY looking forward to reading Hannah Pittard?s new book Invisible Empire. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley, I received a copy in exchange for this honest review. The book is based on the real-life crash of an Air France flight seconds into takeoff from O...

    I love historical fiction, and being a fellow ATLien myself, I was inclined to give this summer read a chance. But before I delve deep into this review, I must say that setting this story in Atlanta, Georgia in the 60s has ~hella~ potential. But anyways, I'm gonna go ahead and flag thi...

    (I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review) 3.5 stars I had totally mixed feelings on Visible Empire and honestly can't make my mind up about how I feel about it! It started off so strongly for me. I had never heard about Air France Flight 007 and was totally...

    Over 100 art lovers, patrons, and journalists from Atlanta, Georgia have been killed in the horrific crash of Air France at Orly. Leaving behind family and friends to grieve.  Told from multiple points of view, we follow Robert and his wife Lily. Robert has been a very bad boy and ...

  • 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. ...

    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...

  • Carlie The Bookish Girl
    Jul 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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

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

    3.7 stars. ...

  • 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. ...

    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...

    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...