Visible Empire

Visible Empire

by Hannah Pittard

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Overview

An “intimate and revelatory” (Tom Perrota) novel—based on true events—charting a single sweltering summer in Atlanta that left no one unchanged

On a humid summer day, the phones begin to ring: disaster has struck. Chateau de Sully, a Boeing 707 chartered to ferry home more than one hundred of Atlanta’s most prominent citizens from a European jaunt, crashed in Paris shortly after takeoff. Overnight, the city of Atlanta changes. Left behind are children, spouses, lovers, and friends faced with renegotiating their lives—the hedonism of the sixties and the urgency of the civil rights movement at the city’s doorstep.
     With Visible Empire, Hannah Pittard “brings her kaleidoscopic perspective to a catastrophe on an epic scale” (Los Angeles Times). Captivating and ambitious—and inspired by true events—this is a story of race, class, power, privilege, and, ultimately, of promise and hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544748989
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 164,850
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

HANNAH PITTARD was born in Atlanta. She is the author of four novels, including Listen to Me and The Fates Will Find Their Way. She is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky, where she directs the MFA program in creative writing.
HANNAH PITTARD was born in Atlanta. She is the author of four novels, including Listen to Me and The Fates Will Find Their Way. Her work has appeared in the Sewanee Review, the New York Times, and other publications. She is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky, where she directs the MFA program in creative writing.

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Visible Empire 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a fan of books that have different chapters for different characters.
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
A plane crash leaves in its wake a host of people struggling to make sense of the tragedy. Visible Empire is a novel based on true events. In 1962 an Air France flight carrying Atlanta’s elite, crashed shortly after takeoff and left an entire community struggling to process the loss of so many well-known people from the art world. The book opens with the crash itself. The reader is briefly introduced to some of the passengers before the plane plunges back to the runway only to become a horribly burned and twisted mass of steel. And then, the story really starts. Everyone left behind has a story of course. A man’s mistress was killed on the plane while his wife at home is about to deliver their first child. A young man, denied admission to an integrated school finds himself driving two white men, in the middle of the night when racial tension is so high. Others, just keep repeating the events of the day never really to come to any conclusion or peace as to what has happened to their community. Visible Empire started off strong but then petered out about half way through. These characters did not interest me enough for me to want to know more about them, or to care what happened to them once the initial shock of the crash wore off. I think for me, the lack of empathy on my end greatly affected my overall impression of the book.