The Sun Does Shine

How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection)

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Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection

The Instant New York Times Bestseller

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.

“An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty–nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty–seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty–four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty–year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

Biographies & Memoirs
March 27
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Iphoneuser2188 ,

Must Read!!

The Sun Does Shine is an amazing account of a failed criminal justice system quick to judge a man without proper means to properly defend himself. It shows us that in the end true justice prevails. This book shows us that perseverance, love and forgiveness outweighs negativity coming our way. Anthony Ray Hinton is an inspiration to us all. Must read novel.

Skodonnell ,

Amazing story of forgiveness

Anthony’s story helps keep my heart soft to people who hurt me - Thank you and yes the death penalty does need to come to an end!

Kseniia🦖 ,


This is quite a captivating read about life on death row, keeping faith, finding hope and good even in the darkest of places. I couldn’t put it down! I read it after reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, and seemed as a perfect order to read these books.

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