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
Score: 5
From 350 Ratings


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.


  • A Must Read!

    By Tina.Tina1730
    This is my favorite book of the year because it sheds light towards the many wrongful convictions and racism that occurs throughout our criminal justice system. Although Anthony Ray Hinton spent most of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit, he used his mind to take him to places he could only dream of. Thus, it helped him throughout his rough days. His faith, hope, determination and compassion throughout the book showed his true strength. I am very glad that he shared his story because not everyone one is alive to share theirs. To his lawyer Bryan and his friend Lester, your commitment towards him and unconditional love is tremendous. Our system needs refreshing and upgrading because it help contributes to our human errors.
  • The Sun Does Shine

    By B. Fleming
    This book is a must read for everyone! It is an incredible story about the human spirit. I couldn’t put this book down, I became completely enamored with this tragic story and Ray’s commitment to proving his innocence.
  • The sun does shine

    By ez2rememberme
    One of the most riveting, accounts of our justice system gone wrong. A most heartfelt and beautifully written account of an innocent man who simply wouldn’t give up! I learned so much from you, Anthony Ray Hinton! I no longer believe in the death penalty and will follow you and your cause until the end of your days, or mine, whichever comes first! Thank you a million times over for sharing your beautiful and gut wrenching story. I hope to achieve in my lifetime, half the love and compassion that you have shown others. Be well, and live long so you can spread your message far and wide! God bless!
  • The Sun Does Shine

    By Whiskey/Scotch
    This was an excellent book. Very enlightening and inspirational. If more people were like Mr. Hinton we wouldn’t be in the situation that the world is in now.
  • Heredfut

    By ftrrrerhtred
  • Amazing Biography

    By Roxmed
    I rarely like reading biographies. But when this book showed up in Oprah’s book club, I jumped and bought it (her recommendations never fail). And I am glad I did. Mr. Hinton’s story brought me inside death row, I laughed with him, suffered with him and cried in almost every chapter. As a Hispanic American woman, I felt sorrow for the life’s of everyone in a disadvantage position and specially for the African American community in the United States. Racism and injustice has not ended. I’m so happy Anthony Hinton found justice, even if it took 30 years, but I wondered how many innocent souls never did, and suffered the death penalty? I love the friendship he has with Lester and reminds me of my own best friend...this book is a MUST READ...Filled with love, hope and justice for a man that deserved it. I really hope Anthony gets to meet Halle, Sandra and Kim, in real life, one day and thank them for their part in helping him survive through 30 years....
  • The Sun Does Shine

    By JoCoria
    It shows the biases in the criminal justice system. Also shows the importance of hope, faith, love, friends and family in life but especially when one has to deal with the injustices of society.
  • Powerful Book, Inspiring Story

    By Positive360
    This book provides great insights into a terribly flawed justice system beyond repair. Ray’s perseverance and faith in God is phenomenal! Lester’s unwavering friendship personifies true friendship. In addition, the book is well written and my heart broke as I read each page. Great read!
  • Inspirational

    By DocJ@PDX
    Anyone in any situation can learn about living a good life from this beautifully told unimaginable horror
  • Eye Opening

    By Dckish
    What a story. Opened my eyes to see what a problem there is in this country. They say 1 in 10 on death row is innocent. Even if the number is 1 in 1000 it’s still heartbreaking. God bless Ray Hinton.