"Carry the Rock is a core sample, through layers of bright, dark, and hard-pressed solidarities. At bottom, it makes you root for the kids."—Roy Blount, Jr., author of About Three Bricks Shy of a Load
"Jennings has produced that rarest of things: A book about race and sports that avoids all the usual clichés about the redemptive power of high school football. Unsentimental yet inspiring, Carry the Rock does what all books about race relations should attempt but few achieve. It tells the reader something he doesn’t know."—Joe Queenan, author of True Believers: The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans and Closing Time: A Memoir
"Jay Jennings has written an epistle that invites the reader to join him on a journey back to Little Rock, illuminating the dynamics of race, football, and the soul of the city."—Terrence Roberts, Little Rock Nine member and author of the memoir Lessons from Little Rock
"Because history has decreed a special role for Little Rock Central High, its Tigers have become more than your typical football team. Like the community and the school, they, too, are caught up in forces—racial, social, demographic, economic—that are larger than themselves. This book is an absorbing, touching chronicle of Coach Bernie Cox's struggling 2007 Tiger team."—David Margolick, author of Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little rock
Jay Jennings is a freelance writer who has contributed to The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, The Oxford American, and many other magazines and newspapers. A former reporter for Sports Illustrated and features editor at Tennis magazine, he edited Tennis and the Meaning of Life: A Literary Anthology of the Game. He lives in Little Rock.