S: This research aim to describes: (1) social problems, (2) the pillar of character education, (3) receptions readers to social issues that is contained in the novel Air Mata Tjitanduy by Bambang Setiaji. This research is qualitative descriptive. The data sources is novel Air Mata Tjitanduy by Bambang Setiaji. The results of this research are: (1) novel Air Mata Tjitanduy contains 5 social problems: a) poverty due to the agricultural system of liberal and cruelty of the rulers, b) crimes committed by government officials, representatives headman, and the Bejangan, c) familydisorganization as the rights of the family members are not met, d) conflict or war to fight over land trukah, e) the problem of violence in the form of beatings and rape; (2) novel Air Mata Tjitanduy containing 8 pillar of character education: a) religious although in difficult circumstances, b) tolerance of religious differences, c) hard work to get a better life, d) creative in creating something new, e) curiosity about what is heard and seen, f) friendly/communicative to others who are new; g) social care to people in need, h) responsibility for the tasks owned, (3) based on reader reception, novel Air Mata Tjitanduy contain a lot of social problems. Many crimes and violence acts occured as told in the novel, such as theft, tape, and murder.