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Visible Empire

About the Book

Visible Empire

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 the Civil 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.

Visible Empire
by Hannah Pittard

  • Publication Date: June 5, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN-10: 0544748069
  • ISBN-13: 9780544748064