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Lotusland signing with David Joiner

  • McQuixote Books & Coffee 1512 Portland Ave Louisville, KY, 40203 United States (map)

Join us for a book signing with David Joiner and his debut novel, Lotusland.

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.

Lotusland dramatizes the power imbalances between Westerners living abroad and between Westerners and Vietnamese – in love and friendship, in the consequences of war, and in the pursuit of dreams.

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David Joiner was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Earlham College and majored in Japanese Studies. During his junior year he made his first trip to Asia – a five-month study abroad program in Sapporo, Japan. Nine years and several trips to Asia later he earned his MFA from the University of Arizona where he studied fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting. He has been shuttling between the US, Vietnam, and Japan for all of his adult life.

David has lived and worked in Vietnam seven different times. His earliest experience in Vietnam was as a volunteer teacher in 1994 when he became the first American since the end of the Vietnam War to live and work in Dong Nai province. He has spent more than 10 of the last 20 years in Vietnam, making his home in such places as Saigon, Hanoi, Mui Ne, and Bien Hoa.

His debut novel Lotusland was published in March 2015 by Guernica Editions. He currently lives in Saigon where he is working on a second novel set on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.