No, you probably haven’t heard of Clotilde (Coco) Irvine. Perhaps her only claim to fame is having provided the name for a servant in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise, which he wrote when living down the road from the affluent family on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue.
But one thing Clotilde Irvine did do was record an entire year of her life from 1927-1928, the year she entered teen-dom.
Now, let me warn you—Anne Frank she ain’t. While Anne and her friends/family were hiding for their lives, it’s fair to say Coco was having the time of hers. But that’s what makes reading Through No Fault of My Own a pleasure—getting to peek into the elite, romanticized society of Minneapolis/St. Paul’s Jazz Age.
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