The Yield

The Yield 1

by Tara June Winch

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 02/07/2019

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Just tell the truth and someone will hear it eventually.

The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha.

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert 'Poppy' Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.

August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather's death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land – a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.

Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch's The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

ISBN:
9780143785750
9780143785750
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
02-07-2019
Publisher:
PENGUIN BOOKS AUSTRALIA
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
352
Dimensions (mm):
235x157x33mm
Weight:
0.53kg

"A groundbreaking novel for black and white Australia."
Richard Flanagan

"Take courage when you read this book. You'll need it. Winch asks big questions of this country. Is the answer within us?"
Bruce Pascoe

"Mesmerising and important."
Melissa Lucashenko

"The Yield by Tara June Winch: This could be the most exciting novel of the year. We've waited more than ten years since Swallow the Air, and in The Yield Tara has given us a stunning and exquisitely written story, reclaiming her indigenous language in the most original way."
David Gaunt, Gleebooks Gleaner

"The Yield sings up language, soil, home, blood - all the important stuff."
Paul Kelly

Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch is an Australian writer based in France. She has written essay, short fiction and memoir for Vogue, Vice, McSweeney's, and various Australian publications and anthologies. Her first novel, Swallow the Air, was published in 2006 and won numerous literary awards, including the David Unaipon Award and a Victorian Premier's Literary Award.

It has been on the education and HSC syllabus for Standard and Advanced English in Australia since 2009. In the same year she was awarded the International Rolex Mentor and ProtUgU Award that saw her work under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.

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  • A wonderfully written book

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    wonderful. a great insight into the richness of indigenous language.