Anthony Ray Hinton's memoir, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
, the latest selection for Oprah's Book Club, chronicles his ability to survive and thrive despite serving 30 years on death row for murders he did not commit. Anthony was finally exonerated in 2015, but, as he tells Oprah in the video above, his deepest sorrow is that his mother didn't get to see him freed from prison.
"Every time she heard your voice, she said, 'Son, when are you coming home?'" Oprah says.
"She would ask me that, and I'd lie to her every time she asked me: 'Oh, Mama, they're working on it,'" Anthony says. "I couldn't say, 'Mama, next year or next month.' And the night I found out that my mom had died, I really didn't give a damn whether I lived because I truly believe that my mom died of a broken heart."
More about Oprah's Book Club
Order your copy of The Sun Does Shine online
or pick it up at your local bookstore or library. Visit Oprah.com/BookClub
to learn more about the book.
Oprah and Anthony Ray Hinton on Oprah's Super Soul Conversations
Tune in to a televised special featuring a conversation between Oprah and Anthony Ray Hinton on Sunday, June 10, at 11 a.m. PT/ET on OWN. Plus, listen to the conversation on Oprah's podcast, Oprah's Super Soul Conversations
. Part 1 will be available Monday, June 11, and Part 2 will be available Wednesday, June 13. You can find both on Apple Podcasts