Posted on June 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Few of us will ever experience the intense lows and highs that Anthony Ray Hinton has lived through.

Hinton, then 29, was arrested, charged, and convicted of murder in the deaths of two restaurant managers in 1985.

He would spend the next thirty years proclaiming his innocence from prison, becoming one of the longest-serving death row inmates in Alabama history. 

It took the Equal Justice Initiative fifteen years of legal work, but the organization was finally able to effect a retrial and exoneration for Hinton. 

On April 3, 2015, he stepped out of jail for the first time in decades and declared, “The sun does shine.”

That sentence now serves as the title of his memoir, which was revealed as Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club pick on Tuesday.

“You will be swept away into this unbelievable, dramatic true story,” Winfrey said in the announcement post.

She explains more on why she chose The Sun Does Shine in a video below.

You can also check out Hinton’s interview with Amazon Book Review, addressing such topics as the book club he established in prison and his hopes for the criminal justice system. 

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey on The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

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