I Like The White World
Ted Mason, hired by a Catholic film making company, conceives of a documentary that would explore what professional thinkers and powerful men make of Pilate's final, unanswered question to Christ: "What is Truth?" In the course of making that documentary, Ted learns much about his father, his faith, his colonial ancestors, and himself that could not have been laid open to him in any other way. More
Ted Mason is the direct descendant of Puritans who settled Massachusetts in 1650. Living in Orange County, he unknowingly carries on that religious strain as an evangelical minister trying to make wholesome movies amidst Hollywood decadence.
Helped by a rich father, insurance maven, Samson Mason, Ted and his children learn from him about their stout, resolute ancestors who forged a new people in a New World while fighting Indians, the perfidious French, and later, their English cousins who fought to bind them forever to British rule.
I Like the White World illustrates and explores the richness and beauty of Orange County, California. Samson Mason celebrates his people who made America possible and the culture that built it, made it free, orderly, and prosperous. Proud of his heritage, unabashed about his prejudices, and offended by smears against his tribe, he stands up for a great, conquering people, and teaches his grandchildren rarely heard frontier history.
Ted's story carries him out of a popular mega-church into LA where he teams up with a Catholic film company to make an important documentary with the help of a well known, radio talk show host. The process of hobnobbing with the elite of Southern California while trying to raise money threatens Ted's marriage to the beautiful Alicia who likes rich men and the life great wealth offers.
I Like the White World, captures America's past (East Coast) and present (West Coast), with wit and intelligence. Having many stirring moments, the novel is filled with wisdom, humor, vivid characters, and searching questions. It is life as lived.