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I would have read this some time probably in the early 1990s. I don't remember how old it was at the time.

I only remember the beginning, and a snatch of details from it:

  • Several blind characters

  • One of the blind characters told his mother to take her umbrella with her, because it was raining. She looked but didn't see any rain.

  • One blind boy, possibly named Chris or similar, described the rain as being of different colours; he described the colours in terms of emotion. He described one colour as 'looking like when you feel angry', which his mother interpreted as red.

  • I think the other blind characters also saw the rain, but I can't remember enough detail to be sure.

  • The mother did go outside, but took her umbrella. I think there were a few people carrying umbrellas, but not everyone. After she got back, the mother saw small holes all over the umbrella.

I don't remember the author, but I think it was an oldish book at the time. I don't remember if it was a novel or part of a short story collection.

Any suggestions?

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    @Valorum I think an invisible rainstorm that blind people can see qualifies somewhere between science fiction and fantasy, depending on why it's happening... – Paul Nov 8 '16 at 18:16
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    @Valorum An invisible rain that blind people can see and ascribe colours to, which leaves holes in umbrellas, is not the blind person fantasizing. – Werrf Nov 8 '16 at 18:22
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    @Valorum I don't remember enough of the book to say for certain that it was the rain that made the holes in the umbrellas; I also don't remember what happened to everyone else. That's why I'm looking for the book. Sci-fi is the closest match I can find for it. How is nitpicking productive? – Werrf Nov 8 '16 at 18:29
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    @Valorum I don't see that there's any way to gauge that with almost any story identification question unless we find a match, and I can't see anything in my description that would suggest it was not sci-fi or fantasy. As best I can remember, the story was sci-fi; there was a vague implication, which I cannot describe in enough detail to be helpful, that the rain was coming from space. It was not all in the boy's imagination, or if it was it wasn't even implied in the part that I can remember. – Werrf Nov 8 '16 at 18:38
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    There does not seem to be anything in this question that would lead one to believe that the characters involved were fantasizing. Couldn't we suppose this to be the case for a lot of short story identifications? – Adamant Nov 8 '16 at 19:15

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