Bi Feiyu was born in 1964 in Jiangsu province, China. He was previously an editor for literary magazine Yu Hua and a journalist at the Nanjing Daily. He has won numerous literary prizes including the Lu Xun Literary Prize (twice) and the Man Asian Literary Prize for Three Sisters. He also cowrote the movie script for Zhang Yimou's film Shanghai Triad.
This stunning portrayal of disability and the strength of human character is a rare glimpse into a small yet very real component of Chinese society, from one of China's most acclaimed contemporary authors.