Impressions of Arvo Laurila
Author: Lauri Anderson
"Lauri Anderson's incredibly colorful Finnish immigrants and their children are well drawn, believable, and sympathetic, but sadly comical. They carry assimilation uneasily in their lives, like bulky boxes in a backpack."
– Jack Jobst, Michigan Technological University
"Anderson's Finnish characters have curmudgeonly wit and dry humor and are lovingly described in exacting detail. The work is a pastiche weaving together past and present, near and distant. The world of his characters is complex and rich but full of bad luck. Misfortune is a source of bitterness and loss that bonds the characters."
– Beth L. Virtanen, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez