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History, family legends and a compulsion to tell a good story propel this novel beyond any exotic “Caribbean” labels’.—The Hindu

Besides the themes and influences that make this novel a good read and a possible feature film one day, there is one more charming element: the use of the Trinidad dialect’.— The Hindu

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'Aliyyah Eniath’s debut novel, The Yard, has the makings of a Bollywood movie.' - Live Mint

'I highly recommend this book to you if you are looking for a serene yet vivid love story (and the drama that surrounds it).' - Define Yellow Blog

'The Yard tells of the growth of a childhood bond and later a struggle with romantic attraction. What follows is a haunting story of love, family obligations and redemption’. - Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

‘With this novel, she says she explores the ideas of breaking free from imposed boundaries (familial or otherwise), understanding and feeling supported in who you are, overcoming self-doubt, and finally being true to yourself’. - She the People TV

‘The Yard is a story of love, loss and betrayal. It is a story of commitment and a story of fear of commitment. It is also a story of the power of love – of parents for their children, of passion that can scare, and of letting go of someone you love for the sake of their happiness’. - The Good Book Corner Blog

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd (2 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9385755080
  • ISBN-13: 978-9385755088
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,18,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The yard is a beautifully sketched story, with dramatic twists and turns, giving it a character and keeping you on the edge. It is an unconventional but authentic story of love, sacrifice and family drama, which sums up the significance of the yard itself.

The author’s portrayal of Trinidad, all the characters and the yard feeds your imagination, some of the descriptions sounded very poetic. She gives every minute detail of every family member of every generation (including the pets); From celebrating weddings to arranging funerals; From falling in love to heartbreaks; From elements of home to far away adventures; which collectively engages you in the story and makes it very easy to read.

I personally enjoyed reading this book because I could relate to the yard, relate to growing up in a joint family, and the constant pressure of pleasing, & living up to other people’s expectations. I went through a roller coaster of emotions – I remember laughing, crying and being stunned at some of the unexpected curves in the story. I highly recommend this book to you if you are looking for a serene yet vivid love story (and the drama that surrounds it). For my detailed review, you can visit my blog. [...] Happy Reading!
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By Pooja on 13 November 2016
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This Was Awesome!

This is the kind of book that you take in your hands and leave it only once you finish it all.
But the story never leaves you.

Not for weeks. Not for months.

If you judge a book by its cover then The Yard would certainly stood up well on your expectations.
If you don't judge a book by its cover, then The Yard would make you to start judging books by their covers. So is its impact.

The Yard is a powerful narrative of Maya, Behrooz, Sara and their family and how entangled and complicated their lives are. One's decision affects everyone around them.

The best thing you'll love about it is the strong connection all of them create with you. The strength of this nexus will make you go forward with this one for a long time.
You start breathing with the characters. You start living with the characters. In The Yard.

They get the scruff of your neck and stir your emotions continuously.

The author has touched and discussed subjects nearer to every human's heart and that what makes it a magnificent read.

I admired every single thing about The Yard. There wasn't any other options than that! Such is the writing style, cover and the presentation!

I'm surely gifting this to my sister.
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My worlds collided in this superb book. Set in the very same Trinidad of Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul's books, the story tenderly depicts the blossoming of the human spirit in its quest for love and unity. Any citizen of the world will connect to its narrative of familial bonds and struggles, the best and worst of human nature, and the eventual triumph of love in its myriad forms. The soul of India breathes through the relics, place names, and culture in the West Indies, experienced through its colourful Indo-Muslim characters. As a 2nd generation Indian living in Trinidad, I was touched by the writer's unique portrayal of life here--a perspective that the world doesn't normally get to enjoy. Best book I've read all year!
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A story about young love -- and how family and religious obligations can sometimes get in the way. The language is emotive and compelling. I strongly recommend reading.
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This was a really heart touching story. It chronicles the lives of the families that live in 'The Yard'. It's also a coming of age story of Maya. The story mainly revolves around her but there are also a few subplots involving the other characters which make this book the brilliant piece of art it is. Family and love form the main themes but there are also so many other feelings like guilt, regret, forgiveness and courage to face everything life throws at you. Although it starts off a bit slow, this book was pretty great to read. I loved this story because it just seems so real. The characters in this story could be anyone. This book deals with things many people deal with (in different ways of course) and you can empathise and understand every single one of the characters. Nothing is one sided here. The author makes you understand all the different points of view and I thought that that was just beautiful.
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