White City is a collection of short stories set mostly in and around Auckland’s Albert Park, but even those stories that travel far away from the park seem subtly inhabited by its breezes, colours, shadows and sounds.
Brown treats his characters with clear-eyed generosity, but never condescension. They are often resourceful, though lacking in resources, and tender, if tenuous connections are made between characters that are not firmly connected to the mainstream grid.
“In succinct, streetwise but beautifully crafted prose, Brown gives a voice to those in society who are seldom heard.” — Bob Orr
“David fought hard for his words. They did not come easily. But they are true coin and a precious part of our literary heritage.” — Mike Johnson