The Grain Fields

The Grain Fields is a creative non-fiction about a Cover6.inddyoung 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.

 

 

About the Author

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Michael Wilms is a graduate of the Creative Communications program at Red River College. Prior to attending Red River, Michael spent 10 years retracing his grandfather’s footsteps and backpacking through Europe. Michael also has his Bachelor of Arts in European History from the University of Winnipeg.

“I like my sandals worn and my backpack packed.  I need to sink my teeth into a story. I need to tell stories — good stories.”

Media

April 2015 — Joanne Kelly and Terry Mcleod review The Grain Fields on CBC Weekend Radio

 

March 2015 — The Winnipeg Free Press publishes a chapter of The Grain Fields.

The grain fields1

 

 

Praise for The Grain Fields

“Written with equal measures of grace and close attention to pacing, The Grain Fields is a captivating read. While at first glance the book might seem like a memoir playfully unbound from the chronological approach employed by many books of the genre, it’s really a grandson’s heartfelt tribute to beloved relative and the close bond they shared. Michael Wilms truly cared about getting The Grain Fields right and it shows.”

James Turner, Winnipeg Journalist.

 

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

Gabriele Goldstone, Winnipeg Author.