Novelist and short story writer Li Er was born in 1966 in Henan Province. Despite his modest claim to be a “not very prolific” author, he has published five story collections, two novels and approximately 50 novellas and short stories. His work appears regularly in a variety of Chinese mainland literary journals. Although Li Er is still relatively unknown outside of China, he is widely respected in Chinese literary circles and has acquired a passionate fan base of readers. He has also attracted a great deal of attention among literary critics and academics for his stylistically innovative prose.