Visible Empire; Hannah Pittard
Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt - 2018
The Visible Empire is a work of fiction that was inspired by the Air France at Orly crash of 1962, when a Boeing 707 leaving Paris crashes shortly after takeoff. In this crash over 100 prominent individuals, white elites, from Atlanta, who were part of a museum tour group were killed. What follows is the backstory of some who were killed and of those individuals they left behind.
I had mixed feelings about this book, it had a book to movie feel about it. The story is told by a series of alternating characters. I thought there were too many characters and too little detail about some of them. This book would make a great choice for book groups as there is plenty to discuss. Race and civil rights issues in the 1960s South, will evoke emotions from some readers, a time when lynching was still occurring. I was not surprised that the flawed characters and white privilege allowed individuals to make poor life choices without suffering any consequences. There was only one character I really cared anything about, Piedmont was a young black man whose life changes unexpectedly.
Rating - 3.5/5 stars