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David MichaelisHere But Not Here depends heavily on selectivity. Miss Ross' love of her own work is stressed to the point of sterness, as are the unchanging joys of the love she and Shawn found in each other, as is their sex life, which, according to Miss Ross, never deteriorated. Meanwhile, shopworn words like fidelity and unfaithful and adultery and mistress are omitted.
Instead, Miss Ross is clear and straightforward as she describes the feelings created by the complicated arrangements governing the private lives of what in the end amounted to 11 people. She cuts straight to the bone, remembering sadness and pain and pity and rage and guilt and disappointment, and she takes honest inventory of her own anger and explosions when, in the early days of their liason, Shawn would leave her to check in a few blocks north. Ultimately, though, Shawn made theirs the love story -- [his wife] Cecille, writes Miss Ross, was in truth outside of us -- and although it is strange that Mrs. Shawn never divorced her husband but instead went along with the arrangements necessary for his life with Miss Ross, it is not surprising. New York Observer