Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl's Diary Of Life On Summit Avenue In The Jazz Age by Coco IrvineThrough No Fault of My Own: A Girl's Diary Of Life On Summit Avenue In The Jazz Age by Coco Irvine

Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl's Diary Of Life On Summit Avenue In The Jazz Age

byCoco IrvineIntroduction byPeg Meier

Paperback | March 30, 2011

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On Christmas Day, 1926, twelve-year-old Clotilde “Coco” Irvine received a blank diary as a present. Coco loved to write—and to get into scrapes—and her new diary gave her the opportunity to explain her side of the messes she created: “I’m in deep trouble through no fault of my own,” her entries frequently began. The daughter of a lumber baron, Coco grew up in a twenty-room mansion on fashionable Summit Avenue at the peak of the Jazz Age, a time when music, art, and women’s social status were all in a state of flux and the economy was still flying high.

Coco’s diary carefully records her adventures, problems, and romances, written with a lively wit and a droll sense of humor. Whether sneaking out to a dance hall in her mother’s clothes or getting in trouble for telling an off-color joke, Coco and her escapades will captivate and delight preteen readers as well as their mothers and grandmothers.

Peg Meier’s introduction describes St. Paul life in the 1920s and provides context for the privileged world that Coco inhabits, while an afterword tells what happens to Coco as an adult—and reveals surprises about some of the other characters in the diary.
A lumber baron’s daughter, Coco Irvine Moles (1914–1975) grew up on St. Paul's prestigious Summit Avenue. She and her sister Olivia Irvine Dodge donated their family home to the state of Minnesota in 1965, and since 1966 it has served as the governor's residence. Peg Meier was a reporter at the Star Tribune for thirty-five years. She i...
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Title:Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl's Diary Of Life On Summit Avenue In The Jazz AgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.4 inPublished:March 30, 2011Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0816673063

ISBN - 13:9780816673063

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"An unrepentant attention-seeker, Coco gets into frequent trouble at home and at school, but her exuberance, defiance, and sweetness will win over readers from her first entry. This effervescent journal demonstrates Irvine’s early, intense enthusiasm for writing and independent thought, as well as her unmistakable talent. Photos of Coco and an afterword about her (fairly tragic) adult life round out an otherwise blithe glimpse into the past." —Publishers Weekly