There is no shortage of novels devoted to the outdoors whose stories appeal toÂ backpackers, campers and hikers (the granola sort, we call them in Colorado). ItÂ takes only a minute’s thought to conjure up such titles as Into the Wild, Hatchet, orÂ Hemingway’s famous short story, Big Two-Hearted River. Many of these seriously andÂ studiously explore nature as a vast healing power, a thunderous force not to be trifledÂ with, or a dangerous coming of age challenge.
Rare are those stories that depict nature with a lighthearted chuckle, to be respected,Â sure, but also to be enjoyed by people who know what they’re doing in the GreatÂ Outdoors. Rarer still is such a story written from a free market, libertarian perspective.Â Luckily, author J.D. Tuccille has taken it upon himself to rectify that deficit with his newÂ novel, High Desert Barbecue.