Clouded Hopes -
9 Years in Afghanistan

Mary Ann Callahan provides an insider’s view of the everyday events in
the lives of both the international teams who came to build and the Afghans with whom they work. Clouded Hopes presents a uniquely personal story that will provide readers with new perspectives on the news out of Afghanistan.

Heroes Can Be Little

The challenges faced by our little heroines and heroes will help readers realize that you don’t have to be big to be a hero…

You just have to believe that you can be one!

About the Author

Mary Ann Callahan is an author that writes stories that reflect a varied pallete of experiences.

After a career in human services, 9 years of which was spent in Afghanistan, she is now back home in Upstate New York where she lives with 5 cats and her dog Bruno.

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We lived in Afghanistan for a year and met many Afghans. We found these short stories, which are very well written, to be extremely accurate reflections of their lives. Short, uncertain, painful and stark. Life is short. Highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn what life is like in this tragically war-torn nation.

Amazon Customer

Wonderful read about two very different cats with vastly different lives…like so many people around the world. Yet, these two got out of their comfort zones to help others in need. Simple message but so appropriate in this day and a great way to engage and teach children about life and helping others.


A must read for anyone wishing to understand more of life in war torn Afghanistan, especially for those not directly affected. A short book (less than 100 easy to read pages) but packed with depth and heart.

Kim Barrows