When Rain Hurts by Mary Evelyn Greene

December 22, 2011

When Rain Hurts – Publication Date Sept. 2013 (Red Hen Press, LA)

November 2011 (Red Hook High football field)

Red Hen Press, a nonprofit literary press in California, is publishing When Rain Hurts, which will be released in trade paperback on September 15, 2013.

In the published book, a narrative chapter will be preceded by a journal entry and photograph.  I have many, many more journal entries than chapters so I’ve picked the ones that I think offer the most complete story.

The personal stories, support, information, and compassion you’ve shown as I struggle to become a better parent and more effective voice for FASD never ceases to amaze or humble.

If you’re new to the blog – welcome.  To read the book’s beginning chapters, please scroll to the bottom of this screen, hit “next page” on the lower left corner, and then scroll again to your screen’s bottom. That’s where you’ll find a brief Introduction & Prologue, then Chapter 1, etc.  Read “up” for each subsequent chapter.   They’re a little like diamonds in the rough – they’ve been edited and polished significantly since posting, but you’ll get the gist.  Older 2010 journal entries are filed under “Pages” on the right hand column.

Thanks – Mary



  1. This is spectacular. Congratulations. I am so happy for you and your family and all families that deal with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. I am grateful for everything you shared.
    On a different note, could you forward me your email. I would like to run a writing related offer to you.
    All my best, Christiane

    Comment by Christiane Alsop — December 22, 2011 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  2. Congratulations!!!! Awesome and I can’t wait to buy it… Oh, how many people will be blessed, encouraged and enlightened by your life’s experiences and revelations!
    Evinda Lepins

    Comment by Evinda Lepins — December 22, 2011 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  3. Hearty congratulations, Mary! How gratifying to have your beautifully written (ongoing) story embraced by a publisher. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and best wishes for a healthy and satisfying 2012. I look forward to meeting Peter one day.

    Comment by Cynthia Kirtland — December 22, 2011 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  4. Fantastic news. So happy for you all. 🙂 Best of luck with it.

    Comment by Kathleen — December 23, 2011 @ 12:11 am | Reply

  5. What a wonderful Christmas present, Peter home for the holidays and news about the book! Peter is so lucky to have you, Pat and Sophie as his family, not everyone could do what you do. I look forward to your book release. We are so fortunate that you are able to share your heart so eloquently.

    Have a happy, happy holiday!

    Comment by Jo F — December 23, 2011 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  6. Congratulations kiddo. Wishing you all the best and happiest Christmas and new year.

    Comment by Judy — December 23, 2011 @ 10:29 am | Reply

  7. So SO Happy for you Mary. I know your story will help so many others with its message of trials and tribulations and successes. May your stamina and strength continue to drive you and keep your family safe and sound. May 2012 (and 2013) be happy, healthy and prosperous. Many blessings to you!!!
    Warmest blessings,

    Comment by Meg Coldwells — December 24, 2011 @ 3:53 am | Reply

  8. Congratulations on finding a publisher! As a writer, you have a real gift for connecting with a reader. I’m hoping that your editor doesn’t mess with the title which I think is not only a perfect distillation of what goes on inside Peter, but it also, as a title, will instantly interest potential readers.

    Comment by Jill Pinkwater — December 24, 2011 @ 10:26 am | Reply

  9. Happy, happy news …Peter home for the holidays and a publisher smart enough to pick you up.

    Comment by Nan — December 24, 2011 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  10. Hi,

    Great Post, Happy holidays! and advance Happy New year!

    Comment by Garage Door Repair Alpharetta GA — December 26, 2011 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  11. Congratulations! I can’t wait for the book to come out. I have followed your struggles from day one and am amazed at your strength and perseverance to help Peter!

    Comment by Bobbi — December 30, 2011 @ 1:11 am | Reply

  12. Congratulations! Hope you had a wonderful family holiday!

    Comment by Ani — December 30, 2011 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  13. Congratulations Mary! What wonderful news to come out of such a difficult time. I hope you and yours enjoy the holidays and the new year. May 2012 bring brighter, happier times.

    Comment by Ronda — January 2, 2012 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  14. Congratulations! This story needs to be told as it will help and reach so many.

    Comment by Sarah Butland — January 4, 2012 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  15. Congratulation on the publication.

    Could you tell me the agency you worked with in Biro?
    Do you know which agencys work in JAO?

    Comment by usaf engr — January 4, 2012 @ 11:20 pm | Reply

    • We used Adoption Source, which is now out of business (good thing – they are crooks, if you ask me). I understand that
      Cradle of Hope still operates in that Region. Good luck!

      Comment by whenrainhurts — January 7, 2012 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  16. Congratulations Mary! I’ve only recently found your blog, and though I think I might be the only guy following it, I do so because Peter’s story has touched my heart, mainly because, though not as extreme or as severe as Peter, I have been dealing with Chronic Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder since I was 8 years old. (along with ADHD and Depression) Like I said, my illnesses aren’t as severe as his, but still I feel for him. Stay strong!

    -Trey S.

    Comment by Trey — January 31, 2012 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  17. Hi Mary. I’m hoping to get in touch with you about a problem we’re having that might result in our filing a grievance against our school district. I’d like to find out about your lawyer and your experience. We’re also in Dutchess Co.
    Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished so far for you, your son and your whole family.

    Comment by Melissa — March 23, 2012 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

    • Melissa – somehow I missed your comment. So sorry. Please feel free to email me at whenrainhurts@me.com so we can talk about how I might be able to help. Best – Mary

      Comment by whenrainhurts — May 1, 2012 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  18. Hi,
    I realize I am a little late in finding your blog, but I am excited to read your story. I would like to post a link to your site on my blog, and would be grateful if you’d do the same, I would love to continue to network with the friends you have made here. It is so good to read inspirational stories like this, and to connect with others.
    Can’t wait to see your book.

    Comment by John — March 25, 2012 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

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