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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What if the state convicted you to die for murders you couldn’t have committed, disregarding evidence that proves your innocence? With earnest, emotional detail, Anthony Ray Hinton tells the story of his three-decade odyssey from a wrongful conviction to a hard-won exoneration. While his powerful imagination and lighthearted disposition—along with the dedication of friends, family, and a dogged attorney—saw Hinton through, his memoir never sugarcoats the realities of death row. Despite the heaviness of his ordeal, Hinton's conversational, down-to-earth writing style kept us engaged every step of the way.
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The Sun Does Shine
This is the most incredible book I’ve ever read. The truth, the faith, and endurance of this man is more than soul searching. I thought I knew my own beliefs, but this book has forced me to see the insanity of the justice system and the taking of a human life in order to “prevent the taking of human life.” Life changing. Belief changing. Heart changing.
Excellent piece of literature
This is an excellent piece of literature that further unveils the truth surrounding systemic racism and social injustice.
Hinton does a profound job taking the reader on the journey of his 30-year experience on death row. He lures you in with vivid descriptions of his time in prison and fight for freedom. And as the story unfolds, you can’t help but pause to wonder how you, the reader, would handle spending a large portion of your life paying for the crimes of an unknown murderer.
God bless you Ray