New York: Knopf, 2008. First Edition. Softcover. Uncorrected proof copy in printed blue wrappers. Publication date was to be April 4, 2009. Eight new stories by the author of INTERPRETER OF MALADIES (won the Pulitzer Prize) and THE NAMESAKE. This is an uncommon format - not to be confused with the rather common advance reading copy in illustrated wrappers. Minor soft creasing front cover & some preliminary pages, else mainly a fine copy.