The Sun Does Shine - Anthony Ray Hinton & Lara Love Hardin

The Sun Does Shine

By Anthony Ray Hinton & Lara Love Hardin

  • Release Date: 2018-03-27
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
We rated this book with: 5/5 stars

5 Score: 5 (From 51 Ratings)

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Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection

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.

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  • Compelling

    By Deniseilxo
    The MOST compelling story I have ever read! The strength & love that this man shows after all these years is breathtaking!
  • Thank you Ray

    By Bossgolfer1
    One of the most moving stories I have read. Thank you Oprah for recommending this book.
  • The sun does shine

    By Pray for justice
    A stark tale of injustice yields to regained hope and the choice to live with grace. A sad reality of the inequality of class, race and poverty that begs for understanding and reform. Ray tells a story you need to read.

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  • The sun does shine

    By Hip hip Jose
    Should be mandatory reading in every high school and college. Especially in Law school !
  • Unforgettable

    By pegg12
    4.5 stars The Sun Does Shine is an unforgettable, haunting story of a terrible injustice that was done to a black man from Alabama, Ray Hinton. In 1985 Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to die by execution. Ray spent nearly thirty years on death row before the state of Alabama admitted that they had made a mistake, and set him free. Although evidence and a polygraph test had proven Ray to be innocent of the crime, that he was accused of, he sat on death row for thirty years, anyway. This memoir is heartbreaking and brought me to tears several times. When Ray Hinton decided to stop hating the people who put him on death row, his life and those around him began to change. Ray adopted his inmates as his new family and brought inspiration, laughter, and faith to everyone on his cell block. Even the guards couldn’t help but like Ray Hinton. Although this story was difficult to read because of the terrible injustice, done to an innocent man, it’s a powerful novel; moving and unforgettable. This story will stay with me for a very long time. Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

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