“Mesmerizing. Poignant. Bittersweet. Richly evocative writing that places you deep in
the world of war-torn Algeria. A stunning debut author to watch.”
— Mary Buckham, USA Today bestselling author
“With brilliant storytelling, we are drawn into the world of a French-Algerian family during
the civil war. Lush language and skillful rendering of this world create a story you won’t be able
to put down.
Dahl’s memoir Sirocco teaches us about another culture and the history of a time and a place—and most of all, you will meet a family you will never forget.”
— Linda Joy Myers, author of Power of Memoir and Don’t Call Me Mother
"Sirocco is the riveting account of the author’s youth during the Algerian War for Independence (1954-1962), and it is the first English-language novel from the Pied-Noir community. Dahl paints a loving and nostalgic image of Algeria but does not spare the reader from the confusion, chaos and violence of war. The beauty of the text comes from the gradual shift in perspective from child to young adult as Nana begins to understand the complexity of the conflict in Constantine. Her cohesive story is smattered with French and Pied-Noir expressions, authentic scenes, and vivid descriptions of the characters in her life. She transports us to a traumatic period that has long been silenced in France and that has only begun to be uncovered in the last decade.
— Amy L. Hubbell, Lecturer in French, The University of Queensland"