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South of Bixby Bridge by [Winfield, Ryan]
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From New York Times Bestselling Author Ryan Winfield, a sexy and shocking literary debut.

What would you do if you weren't afraid? That's the question facing young Trevor Roberts as he's being discharged from drug rehab, sure that he's hit rock bottom with nowhere to go but up.

With more twists than California's Highway 1, the intimate narrative follows a young man on a wild month-long ride to the dizzying, drunken heights of Napa Valley excess where he falls fast for his new boss's intoxicating wife and becomes entangled in a strange threesome affair. But things soon begin to unravel as Trevor is drawn into a secret world of sex and scandal, only to have his lust for success drag him down again through a phantasmagoria of hedonistic hell.

"Shocking and unapologetic", South of Bixby Bridge barrels along with the "frenetic pace of a Hollywood blockbuster," delivering "poetic prose loaded with images". With gripping drama, witty dialogue, and sexy, jaw-dropping glimpses into the nouveau-riche underworld of California's wealthy elite, you won't be able to put this riveting new novel down. Buckle up and enjoy the read!

About the Author

Ryan Winfield is a 37-year-old novelist, poet, and screenwriter living in Seattle. From the author: I've been asked why I write. I write because I remember. I remember waking up to snow. Great buckets of it poured from the gray skies and blanketing everything in quiet white. I remember racing to dress, struggling with my boots. "Here, don't forget your mittens." I remember the soft thump of that first footstep in the cold and virgin powder, the tracks looking back, foghorns blowing on the mist-covered bay. I feel the canvas paper bag cutting into my shoulders, the weight of Sunday's headlines heavy on my mind. I see the trees bowed with armloads of white, as if to curtsey my passing. I remember rubber bands and ink stained hands. A car spun sideways in a ditch. Always a car. Then barking dogs, a distant chainsaw. Freckles throwing fastballs that hurt for the cold of them on my neck. I remember snowmen, and igloos, and icy trails through the white and wondrous woods. And I remember sweet Mrs. Johnson waiting at her door. The smell of Avon powder, her thin smile, an envelope pressed into my palm--ten dollars and a peppermint candy cane thank you. Evening now. I remember running downtown--Salvation Army bells, white lights strung in sidewalk trees, bundled shoppers bent against the wind. I remember the heavy door, the warmth, the wood. The bookstore! Smells of paper and leather and ink. Walls of worlds bound and waiting for me to read. Nothing has affected me as much as reading has. Dickens, Tolkien, and Lewis raised me. And while I've walked through my own hell, made my own mistakes, and found my own redemption, always there have been books. Books to help me escape, books to teach me when to stay and fight, books to help me see where I've been wrong and where I've been right. I write because I remember. And I write because I still dream.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Birch Paper Press; 1 edition (Aug. 15 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HISY0I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I saw the advertisement for this book, but I'm so glad that I read it. I won't put any spoilers, but I will say that this story will move you to tears as you cheer for the survival of Trevor, the main character. Reading it was like a wild ride on a Ferris wheel. My legs were still wobbly well after I'd finished reading it. Absolutely amazing writer!
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"Everybody is afraid of something".. Whatever it might be it could drive you to self-destruction or make you stronger to conquer it..!.. In this nove, Ryan Winfield portraits an intense story about abuse, addiction,corruption, and betray. Trevor's life is a roller coaster of events and emotions, his personal and professional life is destroyed by alcohol and drug abuse, but he has to hit bottom and loose everything he owned twice to realize he needs help and begin a new journey to sobriety. I really like this book is well written and so vivid, very much recommended..!
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By Selena Robins TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Aug. 6 2014
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Trevor Roberts sank into the bowels of hell because of his addiction, loss of his career, and splitting from his girlfriend--fortunately for him, it didn’t end his life because he sought treatment in rehab, which would help him claw his way back to a stable life.

His journey to sobriety and easing back into society and living what most consider a “normal” life--job, money in the bank, a home, a healthy relationship--comes with a heavy set back and a lot of twists and turns along the way, including acting out in ways that society deems immoral.

His journey back is paved with toxic relationships, and sinking back into abusing substances that had put him into rehab in the first place.

The prose is witty as is the dialogue, but it took a few chapters for me to get used to the fact that the author didn’t utilize the standard format of punctuation. Once I got used to it though, I did enjoy the book and visualized the characters and their actions as if it were a movie. This book read more like a movie script than a novel, but it didn’t take away from the fact that I was intrigued and wanted to read more about Trevor.

The pacing is good, and Trevor’s characterization will draw you in and compel you to keep reading, even though you want to scream at him to get away from people who are dragging him down. Trevor's portrayal is realistic, as often times we read about people or hear about them in the news who suffer addiction, clean themselves up, only to be suckered into the life with the lure of luxury, fantasy, sex and money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's pure fantasyland but the author makes it believable. Dec 28 2011
By Linda Linguvic - Published on
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This is a Kindle book by a brand new writer that is a bargain at its $3.99 price. When I was making up my mind whether to order it or not, I looked at the reviews. Out of 117 reviews, 107 people gave it the highest possible rating. Naturally I was intrigued. And now that I've finished the book in just two days, I can understand what all the praise was about.

The main character is a young man who has trouble with drugs and alcohol. He's lost his house and his girlfriend, , has no money and has just gotten out of rehab. He copes the best way he can, resisting drugs, sleeping in his car and looking for a job. But soon, his life changes. He is given a job in a upscale investment firm by a very wealthy man and his life then takes on what seems to be in a positive direction. He is wined and dined and soon is earning an outrageous amount of big bucks and starts to live a lifestyle that is pure fantasyland. He is back on drugs and alcohol though and is even romancing the rich man's wife. Soon though, things start to fall apart.

The book is extremely fast paced. Something new happens almost every page. Once I started reading I was absolutely hooked. The young man's world became my own and I wallowed in the details of the over-the-top and decadent lifestyles of the characters. There is plenty of glitz and glamour and lots of titillation and the writing is so good that the reader cannot help but identify with the main character. There are twists and turns and lots of turmoil but in the end, things turn out for the best and the book ends on a positive and satisfactory note.

It's rare that a book captures my attention and holds so well. I literally could just not put it down. I am therefore happy to give it one of my highest recommendations.
127 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding debut May 21 2012
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I'm going to run out of adjectives to describe this book before I run out of review, but here goes. This is the kind of book that totally captures your imagination. Trevor kept me up all night because I had to see if he could get to his demons before they destroyed him completely. His demons, being alcohol, drugs--anything to help keep the terrifying emotions he keeps buried from surfacing.

This is the story of the pain of addiction--it's a story of what it means to be human. Trevor is the son of an abusive, alcoholic father, and a mother who tries her best to protect her son, and finally dies of cancer early in her son's life. Ryan Winfield gives the reader an up-close-and-person view of what happens when we bury pain so deep that even we can't see it. We can feel something, like the effects of a body in space on a planet that we can't see. We see the planet's wobble so we know something's there, but it's invisible to our eyes because it's too far away.

Trevor's pain so consumes his life until it takes more, and more of any numbing substance to keep it pushed down and out of sight. Fired as a money-manager because of risky behavior with money and his health, Trevor seemingly hits bottom when he nearly dies of an over-dose in a hot tub. After a stint in rehab, paid for by his girl-friend's mother, Trevor leaves still not knowing what his pain is, so of course he finds it all over again. This time he gets a job with a billionaire fund manager who uses Trevor again, only this time in a larger way that finally shows Trevor where bottom is.

Winfield does an excellent job of showing how what we don't bring out of the depths of our subconscious can destroy us, but he does it without any preaching. He does it in a stark and honest way that has to hit home for anyone who's ever used anything to bury a hurt from the past. I love the way Winfield uses his character's car to parallel what's happening to Trevor himself. Just as Trevor was given the gift of his body from his mother, so too was he given the gift of a Porsche. Trevor lives his car at times and even as he has to sell it to live, and then has it taken from him by Paul, the car represents Trevor's body. Life bangs it up, but there are always people to help mend the car, and Trevor himself when he lets them.

This is a brilliant debut from an exciting new author and I'll be waiting anxiously for his next work, though I have no idea how he's going to top South of Bixby Bridge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Favorite Author!!! Aug. 13 2013
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HOW in the world did I miss this book?? It was beyond amazing, so good that I had to read it again because I just couldn't let Trevor go! WOW, what a journey...but one I am SO glad I took!! Mr. Winfield you are incredibly talented and I can only hope that we get MORE AND MORE from you in the near future!! I will warn you, this isn't one of those stories of a troubled character where everything gets all tied up with a pretty bow at the end. Trevor's journey is a rough one, but one you will be very glad you took. Every addicts rock bottom is different, and for Trevor, hell was just the first stop on his journey there. Trevor is fresh out of rehab, no money , no where to go. His girlfriend has left him, his house and successful job are gone. Living in his car, Trevor looks for a job, after many rejections he happens to meet a very wealthy, successful businessman who decides to give Trevor a chance. What lies ahead is a road paved with drugs, alcohol, sex, depravity and greed ~ Trevor's "rock bottom" is very very deep, and wow does he hit it!! This book takes you on Trevor's journey as he discovers and comes to terms with his past, grieving, and finding the courage to move on. I will never forget Trevor, and his journey, not for a very LONG time! I want to thank Mr. Winfield for the Q & A at the end of the book, it truly did explain and help with the understanding of this incredibly amazing story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The boy can write! May 16 2012
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Ryan Winfield's South of Bixby Bridge definitely stayed with me long after I finished the book. Not always in a good way, but the story moved me enough that I will remember it for a long time. It is a disturbing story that the main character tells.

I myself am not a writer but I know what I like. IMHO, This is one talented author.

I liked that this book doesn't have a lot of flowery, puffy descriptive filler. I appreciated that it kept me involved to where I found I couldn't put the book (Kindle) down. I found myself caring about Trevor and what was going to happen to him.
The lack of quotation marks didn't bother me. But it did make me sit up and take notice of who was saying what. That was not a problem for me at all. I rather enjoyed the difference. It was not difficult to follow the conversation.

The main character, Trevor was both likeable and despicable at the same time. I felt I wanted to hug him one moment and slap him upside his head the next. But, he stayed fairly consistent throughout the book. Other characters, not so much.
But, you hear the story thru Trevor's head. The story unfolds as it happends. You have no insight into the other character's thoughts, motivations or plans. You are learning the same things Treavor learns when he learns them. It keeps you guessing if the character's mean what they say. We only find out what's really happening towards the end. I laughed out-loud and cried just as hard.

The ending was better than most. You get some closure and some things may never be known. Hey, it happends in real life too. I don't think I want a sequel because I don't mind endings where you need to imagine just a bit where it could end up.
I am looking forward to all of Mr. Winfield's next books!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Emotional Read Aug. 6 2013
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After reading Jane's Melody I had to put all of Ryan Winfield's books on my TBR. I bought South of Bixby Bridge when I was half way through Jane's Melody, yes, I loved Jane's Melody so much, I was buying another book of his before I was even finished. You know how it is when you start a series (ie: Black Dagger Brotherhood or Dark Hunters) and you have to quickly scoop up every single book in that series because you love it that much? That's how it is for me with Ryan's book. I honestly don't know how he flew under my radar for so long with how I love the kind of books he writes.

I was nervous when I went into this book. Here is my very fast confession, I was a meth addict (I know, once an addict always an addict, so color me a recovering crank addict with a lot of years behind me). I am at 11 years clean, in February it will be 12. It's not something I am proud of, there are a lot of bad memories that I don't like to think about ever, and it's not something I am ready to share more about other than saying, it happened, I fell, I recovered after another fall, and I've been clean for a very long time. I was nervous going into this book because of that. I wasn't worried because it would bring me back cravings by reading about someone else's addiction, I was worried because like I said, there are some bad bad memories that I don't enjoy revisiting. Repression, not always healthy, but sometimes necessary.

I started this book and just like Jane's Melody, I was completely absorbed in the first couple of pages. At 1:15 that first night, I didn't want to put it down to go to bed, I think I finally went to sleep after 2 that morning. It took me a couple more days to get back into it, because life happens, but I read the rest of it the same night I was able to pick my iPad back up.

Many people who have not dealt with addiction would look at Trevor and say WTH? How could he be so stupid??? For me, as someone who had a serious drug problem, I felt so much compassion, and I just kept hoping he would make the right choices for himself and his future. I cried a couple of times because I've been there, some sobriety time behind you, with your drug of choice dangling in front of you nose, literally in my case, I didn't make the right choice that first time. You think, I can do it once. I've gone this long. One time is not going to restart my addiction. I'll just do it socially. I have it all under control now. It doesn't work like that. You have to steer completely clear of those that participate in whatever vice it is you have and those who enable it. I had to literally cut every single friend I had out of my life to get clean. There's no looking back, no I can do this once. One line isn't going to kill me. That one line might be what leads to your death. As you read this book, if you haven't dealt with addiction in yourself or in someone you love, don't judge Trevor based on behavior, understand that addiction makes people act completely out of character when they are in the death grip of the drugs/alcohol/whatever it might be. Some of us are wired differently. We can't just do drugs recreationally (not that you should ever do that) or we can't have a drink socially. We get sucked right back into the madness. Have compassion and know that until that person hits rock bottom, until they reach out for help on their own, nobody can force them to change. No matter how much they love someone, no matter how much they don't want to disappoint someone, no matter how much they hate themselves when they are sober, they have to hit that point where they are crying out for help.

I felt literally hate for one character in this book. If you have read it, you know who I'm talking about. Hate. I don't feel hate for book characters often. Dislike, yes, hate, no. Maybe I shouldn't have. Maybe I should have had compassion like I did for Trevor, but I couldn't bring myself to feel that for this particular character.

Ryan has this incredible talent with the written word, with pulling these emotions out of you, happy, sad, fear, hate, hope, anger, chapter by chapter you go riding this roller coaster of feelings. Maybe it's because I've been there, but not a lot of books have tears streaming down my cheeks, some books will bring tears to my eyes (I'm a sentimental fool), this book, they fell. Normally I jump up and write a review as soon as I finish a book so that it's fresh in my mind. I needed a full day to think through my review of Bixby Bridge before I could write it. I needed to figure how much of myself I felt comfortable putting in to it.

Ryan, it was another incredible ride. Thank you. Now, on to the Park Service Trilogy.

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