Bi Feiyu is well known in China as a novelist and screenwriter. He grew up in the Chinese countryside during the Cultural Revolution. He once told an interviewer that as a child he had no toys – only nature. When he entered college, he says, and began reading, he was shocked by the difference between books and real life and that is what pushed him to become a novelist.
"Three Sisters" tells the stories of three daughters of a lecherous Communist Party secretary as a vehicle for exploring the difficult lives of women in Communist China in the 1970s and 80s.