“Susanna Alakoski has written a magnificent collective epic […] ‘The London Girl’ is a feat of strength in empathic ability.”
“The plot of novels often resembles weaves. This is particularly true for the Cotton suite. It can be seen as a massive, detailed, tapestry of female textile workers’ hardships and struggles. For such they would be worthy. […] But most of all I like Alakoski’s vital address and, in spite of everything, humour. She writes quickly and precisely, she has well-oiled cogs in the storytelling machinery. […] The second novel keeps the promise of the first one, a novel suite with the same weight as those of Sara Lidman.”
“The text thunders, sings and whispers with lust when Susanna Alakoski depict desire, learning and political struggle. It’s the best work I’ve read by her. […] This is rich and powerful literature.”
“The book provides many beautiful environmental descriptions and personal portraits.”
“A strong and moving tale, an important historical document in a dazzling narrative”
“Susanna Alakoski’s second novel in the suite about the Varjola family is women’s-, social- and industrial history, which to a large extent has been ignored, but which is now told with virtuosity, plentifulness, strength and interest by the author”.