It is probably true the women she mentioned were somewhat cliquey. However, they have every single right to. They have lost their husbands in the most horrific, brutal, and sadistic manner.
Since they lost their husbands and the fathers to their children less than five years ago, they have the right to act a little self-obsessed. After all, if they don't take care of themselves, who will?
There are plenty of cliquey and self-obsessed women in the world. None of them deserve to be humiliated by a book. That is way over the top.
Why can't she criticize REAL politicians who expect to be criticized all the time and leave the poor housewives with no emotional reserves to deal with such criticism AT PEACE?