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Elizabeth Farnsworth's

last light

The year is 1943. Victorious in North Africa, the Allies send thousands of German prisoners of war to the United States. Severely injured or ill POWS will be treated in U.S. Army hospitals. On a hot day in August, a young newspaper reporter rides her horse to the Buffalo Ridge Army Hospital just west of Topeka, Kansas. Carrying an aura of mystery, Isabelle Graham speaks German with a Viennese accent. She is soon hired to interpret for an amnesiac prisoner who claims to be a corporal but behaves more like a high officer. Isabelle must discover his identity. Her quest will end in bloody violence with consequences not only for her and the prisoner, but also for many others in the far-away conflagration of war.


 Cover photo is part of a larger image by Terry Evans



About the Author


Elizabeth Farnsworth is a documentary filmmaker and former chief correspondent of the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Her documentary, The Judge and the General, co-produced with Patricio Lanfranco, was viewed around the world. As a reporter, she has covered crises in Cambodia, Vietnam, Botswana, Chile, Haiti, Iraq, Iran, and Israel, among other countries. Counterpoint Press published her memoir, A Train Through Time, in 2017. Farnsworth grew up in Topeka, Kansas, and graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College. She earned an M.A. in Latin American History from Stanford University. She has received three national Emmy nominations and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, often considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, which is also administered by Columbia University. Farnsworth serves on the advisory board of the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, retired attorney Charles E. Farnsworth. They have two married children and six grandchildren.


 Author photo by Mark Serr


An intriguing tale that moves seamlessly between the Kansas prairie and the cafés of Vienna and explores where honor ends and betrayal begins, or maybe it’s the other way around. War stories are often painted in the bold colors of military and political giants and knaves, but the real history of war is wrapped around the spirits and emotions, often in conflict with each other, of people whose tales get lost in time. Thanks to Elizabeth Farnsworth for making these realities so vivid.

Michael D. Mosettig
Foreign Affairs and Defense Senior Producer and Editor of The PBS NewsHour from 1985 to 2012

Upcoming Events &


Exciting news ahead for fans of Elizabeth Farnsworth. Stay tuned for upcoming events and interviews where Elizabeth will discuss her captivating new novel. For booking inquiries, please contact Flint Hills Publishing. Don't miss out on the chance to engage with this extraordinary literary talent!


Kansas Public Radio

NPR’s Laura Lorson Interview with the Elizabeth Farnsworth​.

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Watermark Book Event

Elizabeth Farnsworth will be reading from Last Light and answering questions from the audience.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2024

Time: TBA

Location: Watermark Books & Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS. 


Kansas Book Festival 2024

Elizabeth Farnsworth will be participating on a panel at this all day, free event celebrating Kansas authors and stories.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2024

Time: TBA

Location: Washburn University, Topeka, KS

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