Your Love Is Not Good (Hardcover)

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At an otherwise forgettable party in Los Angeles, a young Korean American painter spots a woman who instantly controls the room: gorgeous and distant and utterly white, the center of everyone's attention. Haunted into adulthood by her Korean father's abandonment of his family, as well as the specter of her beguiling, abusive white mother, the painter finds herself caught in a perfect trap. She wants Hanne, or wants to be her, or to sully her, or destroy her, or consume her, or some confusion of all the above. Since she's an artist, she will use art to get closer to Hanne, beginning a series of paintings with her new muse as model. As for Hanne, what does she want? Her whiteness seems sometimes as cruel as a new sheet of paper: is there any there there?

When the paintings of Hanne become a hit, resulting in the artist's first sold-out show, she resolves to bring her new muse with her to Berlin, to continue their work, and her seduction. But, just when the painter is on the verge of her long sought-after breakthrough, a petition started by a Black performance artist begins making the rounds in the art community, calling for the boycott of major museums and art galleries for their imperialist and racist practices.

Torn between her desire to support the petition, to be a success, and to "have" Hanne in her life, the painter begins acting more and more unstable and erratic, unwilling to cut loose any one of her warring ambitions, yet unable to accommodate all. Is it any wonder so many artists self-destruct so spectacularly? Is it perhaps just a bit exciting to think she could too?

Marrying the glamor of a Clarice Lispector with the urgent viscerality of a Han Kang, Johanna Hedva's Your Love Is Not Good stuffs plastic explosive into the cracks between identity and aspiration, between desire and art, and revels in the raining debris.

About the Author


Johanna Hedva is a Korean-American writer, artist, musician, and astrologer who was raised in Los Angeles by a family of witches, and now lives in LA and Berlin. Hedva is the author of the essay "Sick Woman Theory," originally published in Mask Magazine, which has now been translated into six languages. They are also the author of novel On Hell, which was one of Dennis Cooper's favorite books of 2018, and the nonfiction collection Minerva the Miscarriage of the Brain.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781913505660
ISBN-10: 1913505669
Publisher: And Other Stories
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English