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The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

2018 . Non-fiction, Autobiography, Biography . Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin, Bryan Stevenson

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About the book


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. 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.






St. Martin's Press




1250124719 (ISBN13: 9781250124715)



Stacy Brooks

10 months ago


Powerful, inspiring, strength of the human spirit.


Rickie Retchin Straarup

1 year ago


Not a feel good read but important today with so many innocent on death row! Anthony is one of these and it is uplifting to hear how he makes the best of his incarceration. Finally he meets a lawyer who fights for him!


Oprahs Book Club image

1 year ago


“He is a remarkable storyteller...You will be swept away into this unbelievable, dramatic true story.” - Oprah


Beatriz Marañon Straarup

1 year ago


Beautiful & hard story that really emphasizes how broken the US criminal justice system is...