http://authorscoop.com/2009/06/29/monday-morning-litlinks-58/When Writers Attack: Alice Hoffman, (obviously) displeased by a negative review of her new novel, The Story Sisters, went ballistic on Twitter, going so far as to publish the reviewer’s phone number. Not unexpectedly, the Internet has turned on her with a vengeance: Galleycat, Reluctant Habits, Gawker , Still Life with Book Maven and The Literary Saloon react.
andIn addition to playing the Famous Writer Card on Twitter, Hoffman also played, among others, the Feminist Card ("Girls are taught to be gracious and keep their mouths shut. We don't have to"), the Provincial Critic Card ("This is a town where a barking dog is the second top story on the news"), the Lousy Paper Card ("No wonder there is no book section in the Globe anymore - they don't care about their readers, why should we care about them"), and the Post Your Enemy's Email & Phone Number Online Card (encouraging fans to further validate her reaction and "tell her what u think of snarky critics").
Oh, and to answer Hoffman's question—while you were working on your first novel, Property Of, in graduate school in the mid-1970s, Roberta Silman was publishing the short stories that came out of her graduate school work in magazines like the New Yorker and preparing them for a collection called Blood Relations, so you both published your first book-length works of "literary fiction" in 1977... except she had already published a YA novel called Somebody Else's Child the year before that. That's who Roberta Silman is.