Title: Yield, The
Authors: Winch, Tara June
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 312
Year: 2019
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Language: English
Description: When August Gondiwindi returns home from London to Massacre Plains for her grandfather Albert's funeral, it is to be faced with even more trauma: the family is about to be evicted from their ancestral land by a mining corporation. Although it will be up to August to prove their title to the land, Albert's legacy - a written record of the history and language of the Wiradjuri people - will be crucial to their fight.

Narrated by three different voices - August, Albert and the Reverend Greenleaf, a nineteenth century Lutheran missionary - this is the story of a land and its people, of a culture dispossessed.

Bearing witness to both intergenerational trauma and hope, this is a powerful and thought-provoking story written by an indigenous Australian author.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Powerful, beautiful writing. I loved it."

"Thought provoking and memorable. Thoroughly enjoyable."

"Most of us have an idea of the brutal treatment the white colonialists inflicted on the aborigines, but this story brings it home much more than any historical facts can."

" I was hooked by the end of chapter one and it was a short chapter. I like the author's style."

"The horrifying treatment of the Aboriginal people in novel form makes their sad history even more shameful."

"The author writes with empathy but also suppressed rage that her race could be treated so badly."

"I think everyone should know about this."

"I was moved by the quote at the start of the book: 'In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organised robbery!" [Saint Augustine]"

Categories: Fiction, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Environmental, Family Saga, Grief/loss, Historical, Human Rights, Morals/Ethics, Australia, 2022 Titles


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By: MARTIN 005 2021-10-14 20:18:48
Only half of our group managed to finish. Didn't love the way it was written; interesting story but hard to get through.

By: NELS 062 2021-08-06 13:08:13
Four of our group of nine thought this a moving and beautifully written book. Others struggled with the format of 3 ongoing strands to the story. A complex book but led to a great discussion on colonisation, loss and returning.

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