Lotusland transports readers far away from narratives about the Vietnam War. David Joiner takes Vietnam as many people have come to know it and shows us what it’s like today. A wonderful, important debut.”

–Le Ly Hayslip, author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace

"Tender, brutal, authentic, Lotusland captures the romance, disenchantment, and discoveries of expats living high and low in Vietnam. Joiner weaves a fine story."

–Andrew X. Pham, author of Catfish and Mandala and Eaves of Heaven, and translator of Last Night I Dreamed of Peace



Lotusland is the debut novel by David Joiner and one of the only works of fiction by a US author to bridge the literary gap between the Vietnam War and contemporary Vietnam.

Nathan Monroe is a 28-year-old American living in Ho Chi Minh City who falls in love with a poor but talented Vietnamese painter. When he fails to protect their love from her desperate chase for a better life in America, his safety net appears in the form of Anthony, an old domineering friend in Hanoi who hires Nathan at his real estate firm. Only much later does Nathan discover that Anthony has intended all along for him to take over his job and family so that he, too, can escape and start his life over in America.

“An entertaining story about rescuing and adopting stray cats in Vietnam.”

– Oi Vietnam Magazine

“A very engaging read, particularly for anyone who loves cats.”

– Garry Craig Powell, author of Stoning the Devil

“If you've ever lived in a developing country - or plan to do so - you'll relate to (or learn from) David Joiner's quirky memoir.”

– Elka Ray, author of What You Don’t Know

Stray Cat City is David Joiner's debut work of nonfiction. 40% of this book's sales will be donated to Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) in Saigon, Vietnam.

During an 18-month stay in Vietnam, author David Joiner and his girlfriend become sidetracked by an orphaned kitten suffering from a broken leg and living by a bridge where dog- and cat-thieves roam. After rescuing the kitten and arranging for it to be sheltered, however, they grow increasingly attached to it and take it into their home, only for its real battle for survival to begin. But this isn't the only cat in need of their help. In STRAY CAT CITY Joiner movingly and humorously chronicles their attempts to help various street cats before it's time for them to leave the country.

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