Your Love Is Not Good (Hardcover)

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Epically beautiful, smart, and cool. I loved being in the head of a successful yet still struggling artist, surrounded by an industry of people that want something from her. There's an entrancing rebellious spirit to this book. Commentating on the fine arts industry, Hedva writes about money and power inducing anxiety--- labor in the messy creation of art, and what to do with your own identity when others want to control it.

Then there's the queer erotic pulse of world-consuming-muses, but also hits this obsessive,  neurotic, (and queer) pull to that which you can't have (straight girls). The prose was entirely intoxicating. The story flowed, as the fragments of her life as an artist pieced themselves together. Her own tale wisely incased in writing about the lives of the people around her and the family that abandoned each other. Absolutely fantastic, has to be one of my favorite reads this year!

— Iris


Longlisted for the 2024 Republic of Consciousness PrizeKirkus Reviews, "Best Fiction of 2023"
An artist of color becomes
obsessed with a white model in a novel with the glamor of Clarice Lispector and
the viscerality of Han Kang.

an otherwise forgettable party in Los Angeles, a queer 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.

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.

between her desire to support the petition, to be a success, and to possess
Hanne, the painter and her reality become more unstable and
disorienting, unwilling to cut loose
any one of her warring ambitions, yet unable to accommodate them all. Is it any
wonder so many artists self-destruct so spectacularly? Is it perhaps just a bit
exciting to think she could too?

Love Is Not Good

stuffs queer 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, andmusician who was raised in Los Angeles by a family of witches, and now lives inLA and Berlin. Hedva is the author of the essay 'Sick Woman Theory', originallypublished in 2016, which has now been translated into ten languages. Hedva isalso the author of the novel On Hell, which was one of Dennis Cooper'sfavourite books of 2018, and the nonfiction collection Minervathe Miscarriage of the Brain. Their albums are The Sun and the Moonand Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781913505660
ISBN-10: 1913505669
Publisher: And Other Stories
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English