The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

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Hinton’s account of the way he existed through what he called his “legal lynching” is a story of forgiveness and struggle – and a story of friendship and imagination.
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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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Published March 27, 2018 by St. Martin's Press. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Crime. Non-fiction
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on Dec 07 2017

...poverty, and fear played in creating a deeply biased criminal justice system that punishes the poor and people of color. Stevenson (Just Mercy, 2014) provides a powerful foreword. A heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about truth, justice, and the need for criminal justice reform.

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Reviewed by Tim Adams on Mar 26 2018

Hinton’s account of the way he existed through what he called his “legal lynching” is a story of forgiveness and struggle – and a story of friendship and imagination.

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