“Zelda, The Queen of Paris”
The True Story of the Luckiest Dog in the World
By Paul Chutkow, Lyons Press
If you liked “Marley & Me,” you’ll love “Zelda, The Queen of Paris.”
Zelda is a canine Eliza Doolittle, an unkempt but irresistible little street dog from India who charms her way to fame and glory in Paris, Italy and California Wine Country. Behind Zelda’s adventures is the story of the young American couple who rescue Zelda, rehabilitate her, and discover that inside this grungy little slum dog is a wealth of love, wisdom, humor and high spirits.
Paul Chutkow has written other best-selling books about extraordinary characters, including Robert Mondavi and Gerard Depardieu, but Zelda is a far more personal story, one that will surely touch your heart.
Here’s a small sampling of Zelda’s rave reviews:
“Zelda is an exquisitely charming tale of redemption through the wiles of a mangy Indian slum dog. Slum dog! Yes, I read this irresistible book in in one sitting, and now slum dos are my favorite breed of mutt.”
— John Berendt, author of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
“What a delightful read! Zelda captured my heart and carried me from Delhi to Paris to Napa. Seeing the world with her as my companion was a delight. This is a well written book that captures the reader from the first chapter to the last. I miss her already.”
— A reader’s five-star review from Amazon.com
“This book is a treasure! The images the author creates are vivid and alive. An amazing story well told.. I was sorry when the book ended, and how often do we feel that way about a book? Not often! It truly touched me……. You’ll love it too.”
— “Madame J,” another reviewer on Amazon.com
“A grungy street dog turned world adventurer, with breading class and spirit… This dog’s got good karma!”
— Richard Mendelson, author of “Wine in America.”
“The story of Zelda is a modern day Pygmalion tale… Though Chutkow labels his Zelda as “the luckiest dog in the world,” many readers of his evocative, entertaining story would recognize that it is actually Paul Chutkow who is the luckiest guy in the world.”
— Dr. Stephen Roulac, The New York Journal of Books
All of the illustrations featured here and in the book come from the inimitable pen of J.C. Suares. And the book is so much richer for it. Merci, J.C.!