Shulem Deen considers himself first and foremost a storyteller. What he hadn’t planned on was telling his own story first, but that’s what occurred when he wrote “All Who Go Do Not Return,” the winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. “My plain purpose was to tell a story,” he said in an e-mail interview. “Not because it was my story, but because it was a story I knew well, and believed it should be told, and I felt confident I could tell it well enough. It’s a story about a world most people are unfamiliar with, although the struggles within it are universal – family, faith, finances, etc. – and those are, I believe, the best ingredients for storytelling.”
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