Sam is the author of Venus Drive, a collection of short stories, and The Subject Steve, a novel.
His work has appeared in The New York Times and The Quarterly.
He was born in 1968, and got married in 2003.
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Buffalo Lockjaw (2009)
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Middle Men (2013)
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All Back Full (2017)
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