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Title:
Visible empire
Title:
Visible empire
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Publisher Info:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, [2018]
Physical Description:
275 pages ; 22 cm
Abstract:
"Air France Flight 007, which had been chartered to ferry home more than one hundred of Atlanta's cultural leaders following a luxurious arts-oriented tour of Europe, crashed shortly after takeoff in Paris. In one fell swoop, most of the city's wealthiest residents perished. Left behind were children, spouses, lovers, friends, and a city on the cusp of great change: the Civil Rights movement was at its peak, the hedonism of the 60s was at its doorstep. In Hannah Pittard's dazzling and most ambitious novel yet, she gives us the journeys of those who must now rebuild this place and their lives. Mayor Ivan Allen is tasked with the job of keeping the city moving forward. Nineteen-year-old Piedmont Dobbs, who had been denied admission to an integrated school, senses a moment of opportunity. Robert, a newspaper editor, must decide if he can reconnect with his beloved but estranged wife, Lily, who has learned that her wealthy parents left her penniless. Visible Empire is the story of a single sweltering summer, and of the promise and hope that remains in the wake of crisis."-- provided by publisher.

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Summary

An epic novel--based on true events--of love, grief, race, and wealth, 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. It is the second-deadliest disaster in the history of aviation. Overnight, the city of Atlanta changes.

Left behind are children, spouses, lovers, and friends faced with renegotiating their lives. Robert, a newspaper editor, must decide if he can reconnect with his beloved but estranged wife, whose swindler parents have left her penniless. Nineteen-year-old Piedmont Dobbs, recently denied admission to an integrated school, senses a moment of uncertain opportunity. And Mayor Ivan Allen is tasked with the job of moving Atlanta forward--the hedonism of the 60s and the urgency of theCivil Rights movement at his city's doorstep.

Visible Empire is the story of a husband and wife who can't begin to understand each other until chaos drives them to clarity. It's a story of the promise and hope that remain in the wake of crisis.


Author Notes


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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Booklist Review

Pittard's fourth novel, after Listen to Me (2016), imagines the lives of several Atlanta residents in the aftermath of a 1962 airplane crash, a true event in which 130 people, many of them among Atlanta's wealthiest citizens, perished. Newspaperman Robert loses his mistress in the crash, and in his despair decides to leave his pregnant wife, Lily. When Robert and a friend are too drunk to drive on a late-night mission, they hire Piedmont, who left school a year prior when his application to be one of the first black students to attend Atlanta's all-white public schools was denied. Their drug-fueled activities send the young man straight into danger and ultimately to Lily, with charged results. Readers follow several other characters, including the city's mayor and his wife, each grieving the city's incalculable loss differently. Individual players can, at times, feel underdeveloped, and the story unfocused. Atlanta native Pittard fills the novel with historical details, local points of reference, and distinct examinations of race and class, though, making it an evocative and discussion-worthy choice for readers who appreciate vivid settings.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2010 Booklist