The Night that Preceded this Day
ORIGINAL TITLE: Natten som föregick denna dag
AUTHOR: Johanne Lykke Holm
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Albert Bonnier
A child turns thirteen and starts keeping a journal. She has a mother, a sister, and a horse called Elektra. A mother who has handled weapons and has a bison leather jacket hanging in the hallway. A sister who noisily eats pears and reads her sister’s journal. A horse with eyes like comets.
A child that writes about finding peace in a horse’s stall. About falling asleep in cotton wool and having a beautiful sister. About being a marble statue among gymnasts. About the weight of long hair and the terrible fact of being a child.
The Night That Preceded This Day is an evocative and poetic short novel about being a child and becoming a young woman. It is about loneliness, sisterhood, and the absence of the latter.