Author(s): Tara June Winch
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.
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.
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.
*** Winner Miles Franklin Award 2020 ***
Winner Christina Stead Prize 2020
Winner NSW Premier's Literary Awards - Book of the Year 2020
As The Yield opens, Poppy Albert has died. His granddaughter August, who lives on the other side of the world, hurries back home to her past, to Massacre Plains and to her Nana, Elsie.
Their family histories, stories, violent colonial experiences and all the accompanying contests over land — which continue, thanks to a mining company — are intertwined in this novel.
In her acceptance speech, Winch described The Yield as "a novel of eternal love, history and how the mother tongue can be taken and used in the spiritual subjugation of a people. How central language is to our continual connection to Country, family and culture — to healing and pride. Because it is a sacred thing."