Not all is fair in fiction.
Controversy-laden mom community UES Mommas recently banned local author Jane L. Rosen from its popular Facebook group after perceiving that a fake group described in her latest novel was a jab, an insider told Page Six.
We’re told that Rosen initially reached out to an UES Mommas admin late last month to ask if she could promote the book, “Eliza Starts a Rumor,” and had gotten approval for a virtual book club-style discussion to take place in January. But after the admin realized that a similar group was mentioned in the novel about New York moms, Rosen got kicked out following a testy message exchange, the insider said.
While Rosen’s fictional group discusses noise complaints, nanny problems and the merits of various designer handbags, the real-life group, which has 39,000 members, is described on Facebook as a place “where NY Mommas come for support, positive and constructive guidance and community.” But UES Mommas exploded with controversy this summer over an intense debate over adding a black moderator and if conversations about the protests over the killing of George Floyd should be allowed.
As a result, some members in the private group accused the organizers of racism.
The group previously closed membership for a short time in November 2017 after a children’s book, “P is for Palestine,” caused outrage among its Jewish members. The administrators of the page quickly came up with a new set of rules and began letting people back in just weeks later.
When reached for comment, Rosen told us: “Ironically, the novel is about lifting other women up, not tearing them down. And really, if you can’t joke about Birkin bags on the Upper East Side, where can you?”
She also told us that she will be holding a book talk on Jan. 19 — with or without the group’s support.
An admin for the group declined to comment.