Last Light

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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.56 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author
Elizabeth Farnsworth, documentary filmmaker and former chief correspondent of the PBS NewsHour, has written for publications ranging from "The Nation Magazine" to "Foreign Policy." Farnsworth's documentary, "The Judge and the General," co-produced with Patricio Lanfranco, premiered at the 2008 San Francisco Film Festival and aired on POV (PBS) and other networks around the world. As a print reporter and for television, she has covered crises in Iraq, Cambodia, Vietnam, Botswana, Chile, Peru, Haiti, Iraq, Iran, and Israel, among other countries. Farnsworth grew up in Topeka, Kansas, where her ancestors were pioneers. She graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College and earned an M.A. in Latin American History from Stanford University. She received an honorary doctorate degree from Washburn University (2021) and Colby College (2002). 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 She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, retired attorney Charles E. Farnsworth. They have two children and six grandchildren.

"In Kansas at the height of WWII, Farnsworth presents a U.S. Army Hospital where injured and ill American soldiers and German prisoners of war exhibit all the traits and complications of a complex and intimate world. Here a young interpreter begins to unravel one prisoner's secrets, which leads to a crime she must overcome in order to survive."

-Linda SpaldingAuthor of The Follow, shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize, and, in 2012, the Governor-General's Literary Award for her novel, The Purchase.

"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. MosettigForeign affairs and defense senior producer and editor of The PBS NewsHour from 1985 to 2012

"With delicacy and grace, Farnsworth illuminates a moment in history all but lost to memory. The remarkable novel manages to be compelling as a war story, a love story, and even a western! What a gift it was to read."

-Ayelet Waldmanauthor of the novel Love and Treasure and executive producer of Netflix's Unbelievable

"In the summer of 1943, a young woman is hired to interpret for German prisoners of war at a U.S. Army Hospital in Kansas. Harboring dark secrets from her childhood, Isabelle Graham will be forced into a struggle that saves her own life as well as many others in the distant, ongoing war. Farnsworth has written in Last Light a thrilling and moving account of a young woman's courage and determination in the face of seemingly insuperable odds."

-John BalabanNational Book Awards poetry finalist, 1997 and 1975, and author of, among other non-fiction works, Remembering Heaven's Face: A Story of Rescue in Wartime Vietnam

"This extraordinary short novel, Last Light, follows a young woman, Isabelle Graham, from Vienna to Topeka to Nuremberg, telling a World War II story unlike any others. It is at once a coming-of-age tale, a morality tale, and a dark fairy tale inspired by the Brothers Grimm's The Juniper Tree. Compact and complex, Elizabeth Farnsworth's story evokes beautifully the innocence of a Kansas childhood, a woman's sexual and intellectual awakening, and the physical and psychic wounds of war with its inherent moral ambiguities. The central question-When is killing justified?-haunts until the end."

-Marion Abbott Former co-owner of Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, Berkeley, Calif.