There are novels that grab you by the throat, break your heart, and leave you feeling both stunned and in awe. Stories so powerful, you feel a deep sense of longing once you’ve reached the last line, and that you carry inside of you long after you’ve reluctantly closed the book. ‘Le Jour d’avant’ is one of those. It’s the story of a man grieving the loss of his brother to an accident in a mine in the 70s, a man whose life is haunted by rage and revenge. And it is a profoundly human take on how we define our lives.