Fanny and Sue
by Karen Stolz
Book Review by Amy Coffin
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Fanny and Sue are twin sisters coming of age in the second novel by Karen Stolz. Their story begins with their deaths, within moments of each other, in 2003. Readers are then taken back to 1926, where the girls live with their parents and baby brother in St. Louis.

Their story is made of the simple pleasures of childhood: a shiny penny, an afternoon at the movie theater and two carefree spirits that act as one. The girls experience the roaring 20's during their early years and the Great Depression during their teens.

Stolz stays true to the time period. The poignant details are revealed at various points in the girls' lives. The perspective changes from twin six year-olds, to growing children, eventually ending as young adults starting out on their own. The narration alternates between Fanny and Sue allowing readers to discover the differences between the identical siblings.

Fanny and Sue is a heartfelt novel that will appeal to readers of all ages. It is a snapshot of another era presented with humor and heartfelt sincerity.