The Rosales House is a contemporary novel about Claire Rosales, a twenty-eight
year old advertising executive in Singapore, who hails from a powerful political
clan in the Philippines. Claire’s orderly life in Singapore is disrupted by the death
of her influential grandmother Gloria Rosales. With Gloria’s demise, Claire loses
her constant support and her strongest pillar especially after her broken wedding
engagement. Moreover, the Rosales estate is now divided and the clan will have to
rely more on Claire’s uncle, Ric, a congressman, for their public face. Claire knows
only too well, though, that Ric is not the charismatic family man he pretends to
In the twilight hours of a day in March, Biru Laut was ambushed by four unknown
men. Together with his friends, Daniel, Sunu and Alex, he was taken to an unknown
location. For months they were held captive, interrogated, beaten and tortured into
answering one sole question: who stood behind the rebellious student movements
at that time?
Biru Laut’s younger sister, who, along with other family members of kidnapped
student activists, struggled to put the pieces of the puzzle together and to find
answers to their never-ending questions.
While her parents appear to be in denial and remain hopeful that Biru Laut will
one day come back to sit at the family table again, Asmara Jati engages alongside
the Missing Persons Commission Team led by Aswin Pradana in order to strive to
find traces of those who went missing and to record the testimonies of those who
Biru Laut’s stirring story and that of his friends, is the story of the desaparecidos of
Indonesia. It is the story of a momentous – and still seldom written about – period
of Indonesian history which led to the end of dictatorship in Indonesia.