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A story of love and redemption, set in Trinidad, that exposes the fault lines in Indo-Muslim culture. Behrooz is brought to a familial complex, The Yard, to live with a devout and extended family, where he struggles to belong. He forms a childish alliance with Maya, a wilful and rebellious girl, and his guardian’s daughter. After they share a night of adolescent tenderness ...more
Paperback, 1st, 272 pages
Published April 10th 2016 by Speaking Tiger Books
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Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
A jewel to the Literary World!

Book of The Month | October of 2016

Sit back. Relax. Take The Yard in your hands. For some time in your life, Aliyyah will bring uncontrollable tears and bewilder you with her writing.

Some novels have the tendency that they play Quidditch with your emotions, giving unsettling, disturbing feelings to your soul and heart, then giggle back at you because

They. Have. Played. Well!

Aliyyah Eniath does the very same!

Set in Trinidad, recounts a heart breaking tale of Behrooz
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 100-pages
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 complic
I was offered a signed copy of this novel in return for an honest opinion. Thanks so much for reaching out Eniath.

I always love reading books written by Caribbean nationals, especially when its about an island I have lived in or visited. At this heart of this story is the message of "living your best life, not matter where you are or your circumstances." While I enjoyed reading this book there were some disconnect that I could not see pass.

So this is a book set in Trinidad and Tobago but there
Radeyah H.  Ali
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying that by the end of this novel I was in tears! So many feels. I don't even know where to begin this review because there's just so much I want to say!

The Yard chronicles the adventures of a young boy who is adopted by a devout Muslim family in Trinidad and Tobago although some persons in the family do not approve of the adoption.

I love how the setting is painted. I could really see The Yard and I love the culture that pervaded everything. Author, Aliyyah Eniath, didn'
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an explosive indulgence of the sweet and cultured life of Caribbean people. I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed this book as each and every character was brought to life with very distinct traits and personalities. The scenes took me back to a time we all wish still existed in Trinidad. It definitely touched my heart as the emotions put forward by each character were so familiar. A positive and refreshing read that breathes life and its ups and downs. Thank you Aliyyah for coloring Trinidad ...more
Dhiraj Bharude
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Yard
by Aliyyah Eniath
paperback price(IN INDIA):-350rs
The author address numerous issues in the novel like death, religion, love, regret, tolerance vs intolerance, compassion, forgiveness etc. and it's refreshing to read about some of these issues in novel form especially when some of them, especially that of religion is so touchy and hard to come across.
A young boy is brought lo live with an extended and devout family against the wishes of some. The Yard is a story of love and redemption an
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful read - one of those where I just kept reading till I reached the end. Aliyyah Eniath presents the culture of her characters in a way that both honours what is and leaves room for us to identify and form our own thoughts.

The Yard tells the story of a young boy adopted by a devout Muslim family in Trinidad and Tobago. It chronicles how he came to be adopted, the family he was adopted into and the various relationships that develop. I loved the progression of the main characters as the
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
I recieved a free copy of this book from the author.

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 li
Peter Jarrette
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THE YARD is one of those pearls of a novel that grow and glow before your very eyes. It is pacey yet takes good time to flesh out the exterior of everything from characters to physical structures and to delve under the pshyce of individuals. It serves up all the emotions and connects you to the lead characters but still leaves nobody out. Atmospheric! It leaps to your imagination like a film. It reads like a dream. A dream that lingers pleasantly with you long after you close the covers. So it e ...more
Ronald Hosein
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A young boy is brought lo live with an extended and devout family against the wishes of some. The Yard is a story of love and redemption and a captivating look at the fault lines in indo-Muslim culture.
Debra Schoenberger
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
"and for the millionth time in her life, she wished to be normal."

A deeply moving and emotional love story about a boy and a girl. Behooz, a boy with no memory of his past or family and Maya, a girl who belongs to a large, extended Muslim family but who has yet to determine where she belongs, form an unusual friendship.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Yard although I did have a hard time comprehending why such a thoughtful and gentle boy would allow himself to be treated with such an unloving and
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fiction lovers
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 celeb
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful books celebrating the landscape of life in Trinidad & Tobago. Heartfelt, insightful and simply a delight to devour.
Amanda Jones
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From blurb to browse, from first chapter to last, this book first stirred my interest, captivated my attention from the early chapters and took my emotions and spirit for an extraordinary ride thereafter.

I was so driven to know what happened next that I kept skipping ahead. Yet the writing was so beautiful that knowing what the next scene would bring did not stop me from reading the scenes properly and delighting in the writing!

This is a novel that never drags. Every scene supports the main stor
***4.5 stars. Originally posted here on my blog.****

This book was…amazing and intensely moving and surreal. It’s presented in such a way that the reader is taken on this journey through the intricate parts of these characters lives through a course of three, maybe four, decades and you are truly just along for the ride. A well-rounded and in-depth book. I laughed, gawked and cried. If you are looking for a book that can teach you something, move you, and forever stay with you, The Yard is the bo
Tanya (mom's small victories)
This book was not at all what I expected. From the synopsis, I expected that the love story between Behrooz and Maya would take center stage on the beautiful island of Trinidad. Instead, I found that the story focused more on the family dynamic which made this an intense and dark family saga, at least to me.
Maya's family and her father's brothers and sisters' families all live in separate houses within a small community, the family calls "The Yard". Families are expected to stay in the Yard and
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, fiction
4.5 stars: The Yard is the family compound wherein Father Khalid, his four siblings and his elderly mother live. One day Father Khalid brings home Behrooz, an orphan boy who remembers nothing about his past. Over his extended family’s objections, he and his wife take the boy in to raise as their son. Father Khalid’s brother is concerned because Behrooz and Father Khalid’s daughter Maya soon strike up a special friendship and Muslim law permits marrying your adopted sister.

The Yard is an epic sto
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-sent-to-me
The Short of It:

An engaging family tale.

The Rest of It:

From the publisher:

"Behrooz is brought to The Yard, a familial housing complex in Trinidad and Tobago, where he struggles to belong. His adoptive father is kindhearted, but other family members are guarded about the new addition. They contend that Behrooz will betray his family by defiling his adoptive sister, Maya, a rebellious girl who was not romantically forbidden to him under Islamic Law.

Behrooz and Maya form a childish alliance and lat
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The yard(the book) is as beautiful and grand as the yard (the family complex).
Its a story of few words, chosen specifically in each phase of the narration to cut through to the reader's heart.
It holds up the cultural aspects as well as shortcomings associated with it, as good as I have seen.
The yard (the book) revolves around the lives of Behrooz, Maya, and various other characters living in and around the yard(the compound).
The story addresses quite a few delicate issues and poses a number of
Merrybrains Book Reviews
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This Story starts with Behrooz who is brought to The Yard, a familial housing complex in Trinidad and Tobago, where he struggles to belong. His adoptive father is kind hearted, but other family members are guarded about the new addition.They contend that Behrooz will betray his family by assaulting his adoptive sister, Maya, a rebellious girl who was not romantically forbidden to him under Islamic Law.

Behrooz and Maya form a childish alliance and later, struggle with romantic attraction. After t
Devon H
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
The Yard is a love story, and more than that the story of family. Behrooz and Maya grow up on the Yard together, in Trinidad, but Behrooz has always been an outsider and Maya has a desire to explore the world. Her free spirit gets her in trouble often, but she’s on the way to creating her own adventure and discovering a life for herself.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The author moved us through time with grace and ease. Readers were privy to characters faults and flaws, making this a very belie
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Got this book from the author
to review!
First of all, this was a very decent read!
A very heart touching and soothing story! Just amazing!
The book follows the life of six families living in The Yard,
a large compound in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago!
It exposes the fault in Indo-Muslim culture!
It explores the love of two loners, Behrooz and Maya!
The ending is also very nice(makes my eyes moist)! Really
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A coming-of-age tale that was both memorable and enjoyable. Eniath's first novel is well constructed and delightfully written, but could have been better edited to omit what I consider to be distracting and unnecessary back story and "fillers". I did really enjoy the dialogue throughout which is realistic and believable and aided in the development of the main characters. Very much worth a read to explore the dynamic of living in a closed familial community in Trinidad. ...more
Noelia Rolle
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hanson Ali
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: muslim-fiction
Excellent. Deals with young love.
Jemila Gonzales
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bibi aruna mohammed
New vs traditional Islam

I bought this book hoping for it to shed light into communal living as I grew up in one. Whilst it was an enjoyable lack depth. The impact of having grown up in such a setting is much deeper and wider than portrayed here. If she was trying to illustrate the contrast between the "old" Islam and the new wave - then Uncle Khalid epitomizes the old ( Sunni ) traditions superbly .
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's my get-into-reading-zone book. I remember once I was going through an intense phase of reader's block and then came, The Yard. I could not stop turning its pages! ...more
Jasiyah Ibrahiim
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read and insight into the culture of Trinidad and Tobago at that time, rich in history and imagery. Great story of family, dreams, love and trials.
Sarah Olivieri
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. It was my first local read in years. 10/10 will recommend 👌🏼
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Eniath 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. Her writing looks at strict religious ideologies and their potential consequences and begs for

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