The '70s (Dekada '70, English edition) by Lualhati Bautista
Amanda Bartolome is an ordinary woman - Julian's wife and the mother of five sons. In their subdivision, her biggest problem were the neighbors who never stopped complaining about the naughty Bartolome children. But the period of Martial Law was no ordinary period. Led by their eldest Jules, and his involvement in the bloody revolution, the family will inevitably face the violence of Martial Law. While her children are shaped by this terrible decade and find their own aspirations in the midst of chaos, Amanda also questions and discovers herself - what exactly is her role and essence as a mother, as a woman and as a Filipino?
"Definitely a political novel. More than the individual story of a mother watching her sons grow and plunge into real life, Dekada '70 is an indictment of martial law, and here, Lualhati minces no worlds." - Female Forum
"As the publisher of Dekada "70 for thirty years, I can at least to how Lualhati's vision and language have touched the hearts of Filipinos, especiallythe young, everywhere. The novel became apillarof the Filipino reading list without my having to pay a centavo in it's promotion. High time for the novel to touch the hearts of English readers!" - Ramon Sunico
Publisher: Dekada Publishing