The Grain Fields

The Grain Fields is a creative non-fiction about a young writer who travels to Europe to uncover and write his grandfather’s story from the Second World War.


A recent history graduate, Michael takes off to Sicily, on a whim to research and write his WWII masterpiece. But upon arrival, he finds himself skirting the real story and the real reason why he is there – to trace and tell the story of his Ukrainian grandfather who fled with his family from Ukraine and fought for the Germans during the Second World War.

The Grain Fields is inspired by the hundreds of conversations, interviews and trips
overseas Michael Wilms shared 
with his grandfather. With this generation all but gone, 
The Grain Fields
captures one of the last voices of the time period and tells a story not often told. And it is shared through the eyes of a grandson, linking the past with the present day generation. At its core The Grain Fields is a story about the close bond between grandfather and grandson.

“I couldn’t put this book down. It was really good. Multi-layered, complex, honest. Better than Eat, Pray, Love.”

Gabriele Goldstone, Winnipeg Author.