Through his characters, Frohreich engages the reader with personal stories told with humor and historical perspective. His economy of language and verbal wit bring to the page the richness of each individual's place in the community of mankind as well as the small Indiana town which is the center of the narrator's young life. Thank you, Mr. Frohreich, for writing such an endearing tale that brings the power of love, humor, loyalty and song to the negatives of life. I wanted the story to be real. - Sharon Lee
Keith has shown what’s its truly like to grow up in 1950’s rural Indiana. Obviously, the author has lived his novel and he rises to the challenge with great skill and accomplishment in this thoughtful novel. Add a couple of murders and you’re hooked.
- Joe Herrera
This novel does a great job of capturing the experience of growing up on a farm in the 1950s. The addition of racial tensions and conflicts adds a larger historical perspective as well. Highly recommended.
- Kenneth E. Evens
Blackberries Are Red When Green is an insightful and heartfelt coming of age story.
- Pamela Galera
Readers return to a simpler time on a farm in northern Indiana and experience the challenges of growing up with young Kurt, who like Huckleberry Finn, has a life closely tied to a river and a newfound friend.... - Hoosier Grandma
A bit of history along with a walk down memory lane. I’m anxious to see something else from this author. - S. Bart
“I am a proud hayseed, reared in a north-central Hoosier village. We eked out a lower-middle class living on a small farm abutting the Eel River. I learned the worth of work while we supported ourselves with a garden, orchard, dairy cows, an annual slaughter, and an occasional bass or catfish. We weren’t poor. We just never had any money.”
photography provided by Rich Voorhees