On his web site, author Joe Borri writes that many of the short stories in Eight Dogs Named Jack were inspired by life in Copper Corner, the working-class East Side neighborhood where he grew up. The earthy characters of these 15 fictions sport names like Tony the Hatchet and Sausages Ruggierello. How can the stories be best described? We like Borri's summary: "The stories…share a commonality in love of family, the humor of everyday life (no matter what the circumstances) and, of course, the love of good food. Other threads are acts of honor, revenge, atonement, and a certain passion for being alive."