My Pisces Heart

A Black Immigrant's Search for Home Across Four Continents

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With heart, humor, and razor-sharp observation, this intimate and incisive memoir traces the journey of a Black, queer woman as she searches the world for a place of security and acceptance to call home

I’ve never seen home as a permanent concept; it is an image crafted from untempered glass that threatens to shatter with lack of care.

Jennifer Neal was born in the United States to a family that moved continuously for their own survival and well-being—from the Great Migration to the twenty-first century. As an adult, she has continued to travel the world as a Black queer woman, across two decades and four continents.

As she moves from Japan to Chicago, Australia to Germany (where she has settled for now), Neal weaves her personal story of immigration with the local Black histories and racial politics to provide context for her experiences. The result is both a crucial examination of how racism plays a foundational role in modern-day immigration systems and a tender tribute to immigrants and their stories.

An unwavering interrogation of colonialism and policy, love and loss, hypocrisy and resistance, My Pisces Heart demands meaningful conversation about not only the ways in which we live with our histories, but also how they live through us—urging an honest dialogue on why the West continues to grapple with its past and visualize its future.

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Praise For This Book

"This is a captivating and unflinchingly honest account of the highs and lows of being a black woman out in the world, coupled with a detailed history of the many global perceptions of race that is both eye-opening and informative. As a black woman who has also lived and worked in Asia, Australia and Europe, so many of Neal’s observations resonate deeply." —Fiona Williams, author of The House of Broken Bricks

"My Pisces Heart is a much-needed excavation of what it means to be a migrant of colour in our present world. Jennifer Neal offers a masterclass in politically-engaged memoir: rarely have I encountered a book so nuanced, gracefully entwining deep research with lived experience. Whether you live life in motion or stay put, this book is essential reading." —Jessica J. Lee, author of Dispersals

"A vital and gripping voice on migration, displacement and home. And a propulsive, thoughtful memoir from a fascinating life. I couldn't stop reading it!" —Dina Nayeri, author of Who Gets Believed? and The Ungrateful Refugee

My Pisces Heart is an instant travel classic, an essential chronicle of migration and, above all, an absolute joy to read. It’s required reading for anyone looking to re-create themselves in this precarious new age, as Neal does time and again—with the rigor of an academic and the palette of a poet.” —Monica Byrne, author of The Actual Star