Length: 368 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 11 minutes
First Published: 2018
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A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, and justice.
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.
Quotes from The Sun Does Shine
Every single one wants to matter. We want our lives, and our stories and the choices we made or didn’t make to matter.
We need to think about the fact that we are all more than the worst thing we have done.
We have to make every ending be a happy ending.
Everything, I realized, is a choice. And spending your days waiting to die is no way to live.
About Anthony Ray Hinton
Anthony Ray Hinton is an American man wrongly accused of murder, eventually released with the help of Bryan Stevenson. Hinton’s story is told in his memoir, The Sun Does Shine, and in Stevenson’s memoir, Just Mercy.