Areavoices blog/Fargo Forum reviews Through No Fault of My Own
I’m not terribly nosy by nature. I don’t (often) eavesdrop on others’ conversations; I don’t delight in the details of strangers’ dramas; and I certainly don’t go around reading other peoples’ diaries.
Well, that is, until I picked up Clotilde Irvine’s.
No, you probably haven’t heard of her. She was the daughter of lumber baron Horace H. Irvine and enjoyed a life of affluence on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue. Perhaps her only claim to fame is having provided the name for a servant in Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise, which he wrote when living down the road (and this is only speculation)
But one thing Clotilde Irvine did do was record an entire year of her life from 1927-1928, the year she turned thirteen.