South of Bixby Bridge

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2011 Breakout Novel -- About to turn 30 and being discharged from drug rehab, Trevor Roberts is sure he's hit bottom with nowhere to go but up. He soon learns that sometimes the "bottom" is just the beginning. 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 ...
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Overview

2011 Breakout Novel -- About to turn 30 and being discharged from drug rehab, Trevor Roberts is sure he's hit bottom with nowhere to go but up. He soon learns that sometimes the "bottom" is just the beginning. 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!
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Ask Miss A - Tari Gaffney
I recently finished reading South of Bixby Bridge by Ryan Winfield, and I have to say that I became a bit addicted to this roller-coaster ride of addiction and temptation because it's not the predictable narrative of an addict who hits rock bottom... Five Stars
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615511603
  • Publisher: Birch Paper Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 432,809
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Ryan Winfield is a 37-year-old novelist, poet, and screenwriter living in Seattle.

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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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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    I'm not an addict. I'm not. Never been drunk in my life. Never s

    I'm not an addict. I'm not. Never been drunk in my life. Never seen drugs in real life, let alone touching or inhaling/injecting them. I only play a few games (Scrabble, Lines, Words with Friends, Chinese Chess) and that’s if my son joins me.
    And yet there is something I'm in danger of becoming addicted to--Ryan Winfield's work.
    By the way his debut novel is acclaimed I probably won't say anything that hasn't already been said, but SOBB is by a mile one of the best books I've read. It's not as much the story, which brings to mind a dalliance between Wall Street, Limitless and Two for the Money, but the author's voice. For that alone I give it more stars than I can count. Never read anything even remotely close to it. Refreshing, engaging, inspiring, through and through pure art at its best.
    There are people out there for which telling stories comes natural, captivating audience in a matter of minutes. Ryan Winfield is one of them—a painter if you will, masterfully and effortlessly painting vivid scenes not by using brushes, but with words instead. Reading the first paragraph I was surprised how easily I could imagine the scene. By the time I finished the first page I was hooked. Coffee and chocolate helped me stay up all night to finish it. No way I could put it down!
    Unfortunately I can never describe a book without giving away the story (what can I say? I'm not perfect). But let me tell you this: as one who has never tried drugs or been drunk in my entire life, the journey addict Trevor Roberts embarks on is a riveting life lesson. It's not about where he goes, but how he makes it there. You're down, hitting rock bottom with the hero, feeling his struggle, denial, torment, and sorrow. You're up with him, high, rooting for him to get on the other side of the bridge, one step at a time. Rarely does a book embody a range of emotions such as this.
    There are no quotation marks in this book, but I promise you, you'll know who’s talking. It might be difficult in the beginning, but once you grasp it, you won't even notice it. The connection between present time and past memories is smoothly created, without jarring the reader away from the storyline. The book is entirely written from Trevor's point of view without one second of monotony, but rather engaging and intriguing. The story is paced, building up, until the climax with a comforting aftermath.
    I sure hope I won't have to wait too long until his next release...

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Diary of an Addict This was a very fast read of a gripping accou

    Diary of an Addict
    This was a very fast read of a gripping account of life as an addict. Trevor has lost his job, his home, his girlfriend, and feels as though he has nothing left. He finds himself in a downward spiral of alcohol, drugs and sex...basically on the road straight to Hell.

    It is difficult for me to review this book without giving so much away, and this review will be different from most I have done in the way it is written...this is not a sweet story. This is a very dark read with emotional, traumatic, and sometimes shocking events that unfold in a powerful way. This is the story of a young man's journey through the pits of Hell to find redemption and come to peace with his repressed memories of a very traumatic past. Trevor is seduced not only by women, but by every sinful temptation he comes in contact with. I found myself cheering for Trevor to find his way...to succeed in his quest for rehabilitation...to find that peace in himself. I felt such compassion for this one man's story. Trevor had the world at his feet...money, the girl, the home...I mean, the man had a Porche for Heaven's sake... but his character became so depraved. His choices became those of an out-of-control mad man.

    I became so frustrated with Trevor through his cycle of addiction...then rehab...then fall from the wagon...then rehab; I found myself in a supporting role where Trevor was concerned. I imagine my feelings were those of any friend or family member close to someone with an addiction. I've experienced someone I love going through the pain of alcoholism, and yes, folks...it is very real and very dark. I was that invested; Trevor's story felt that real to me. I felt hatred, fear, angst, and sadness....until Trevor decided he really does WANT to be clean and sober. At that point, I was an emotional and blubbering mess.

    This book reads like a personal account or diary, if you will, and I can't help but think the author has experienced this himself, or has really done a great amount of research in this torrid and dark area of reality. Not only does this book give an emotional account, but it is laced with beautiful poetry. Now, with all of that said, I did have difficulty with one area: punctuation. I sometimes found myself getting confused in the dialogue, because the quotation marks just didn't exist. I'm not sure if it was just my e-copy, a [huge] oversight of the editor, or if it was meant to be written that way...again, it did appear more to me as a memoir or diary, so I choose to believe it was intentional.

    I will give this book 4 stars and recommend it to those who have ever found themselves forced into an ugly reality, lost a loved one, and to those who have ever felt loneliness, rejection, and fear....but, you had better have the tissues close by. Did I find myself smiling at the end? Oh, yes! There is hope, redemption, and peace to be found...not only by Trevor, but by the reader through Trevor's experiences. There are many unsavory and loving supporting characters, but Trevor's account outshines them and needs to be the focus of my review...just as it is in the book. To Ryan Winfield: from wherever this story came to you, I thank you for sharing and bringing to the forefront that ugly disease called "addiction" that we, the public, sometimes tend to hide away for fear of embarrassment or shame. Follow Romantic Reading Escapes Book Blog for reviews and more.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    This book might be fiction but it is the world right now,,, it's

    This book might be fiction but it is the world right now,,, it's about drugs, rehab and life. If you think it's not happening around you are wrong. great ...read!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Great book, you won't be sorry just buy it! I'm sorry to keep it

    Great book, you won't be sorry just buy it! I'm sorry to keep it vague, but I do not claim to be a literary critic. My review is just based on my opinion which is this is a great story wonderfully written and left me wanting to read more from Mr. Winfield!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Good

    The next fifty shades as in popularity, not content. Sometimes I wonder about education in America today. Good new author!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    Never having gone down the road of addiction, I was ignorant of

    Never having gone down the road of addiction, I was ignorant of the truth, the scope, the depth of an addict's pain and the twisted reasoning that accompanies it. In Bixby Bridge I learned that it is more than physical pain, more than emotional pain, more than the sum of the two. This book was an amazing insight that helped me understand on many different levels just how difficult it would be to escape such a lifestyle. The story was hard to read, an emotional roller coaster. It was draining and depressing at times. Bizarre, outlandish circumstances and characters, and yet in Ryan Winfield's telling, it all seemed plausible. For some readers it may be too graphic, too sordid, too raw, but to someone who has lived it, the story probably sounds quite realistic and honest in tone. It was compelling and I read the entire book in one day.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Good read but not anything like 50 shades

    This book was a good fast paced read. I did enjoy the story line and how personal the story was.

    If you were told it was in the same line as 50 shades it is not.

    I would recommend this as a good read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Disappointed...

    Not what I expected based off reviews stating this was similiar to 50 Shades.. NOT EVEN CLOSE! Buyer beware!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Nothing like 50 Shades- Marketing ploy

    An ok story about a drug and alcohol addict running away from the demons of his childhood. After failing at recovery he has one more shot. The writing is irritating as the author does not us quotation marks and it is difficult to distinguish conversation versus thoughts. Not a bad story/read but it pisses me off that the marketing ploy misleads you. Nothing like 50 Shades.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    A wonderful poetic journey that will have laughing, crying and s

    A wonderful poetic journey that will have laughing, crying and shouting out loud. It's a must read. Its wortg every penny. Believe me, you won't be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Will BN get this on Ebook anytime soon?

    Will BN get this on Ebook anytime soon?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

    I have been through hell and back, more than once, and came out

    I have been through hell and back, more than once, and came out the other side. I'm a little sad, more than a little dazed, and can only throw back my head and yell YES! I LOVED THIS BOOK!

    Generally speaking, the story grabs you right away, refusing to let go until the last sentence (and what a good one it is). The prose flows freely, yet it can be choppy and disjointed, much like the mind it's pouring out from. Trevor is... I don't even know how to describe him. He's a total mess, and yet you're on his side the entire time, hoping today's the day he's going to pull his head out of his ass and run away from the mess in which he has immersed himself. This is a man completely at the will of his addictions, too enthralled to even question the walls of his life crumbling around him. His story begins at the bottom, and then just goes downhill from there.

    Oh, but what a wonderful thing a second chance can be... and sometimes, a third.

    Personally speaking, this story ripped me wide open and bled me nearly dry, then picked me up, dusted me off, and gave me a little hug before sending me on my way with just a little more hope than I had before. Trevor spoke directly to my past, and it was truly one of the hardest reads in a very long time. Necessary, I think, but so very hard.

    Read this book! Let the prose take you where you might be afraid to go, and don't let yourself get caught up on details like quotation marks or the need for a story to march forward relentlessly. Trevor reveals himself to us with both his past and present, weaving together to show us the entire picture at once. Don't be afraid of the subject matter, because Trevor can teach us all something, regardless of if we relate to him or not.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Compared by many to 50 Shades, it was MUCH BETTER than that. We

    Compared by many to 50 Shades, it was MUCH BETTER than that. Well written, good pacing. You will remember it long after you have read it, which to me has been the hallmark of a good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Well written, great read! 

    Well written, great read! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Awesome book, very accurate account of the life of an addict.

    Awesome book, very accurate account of the life of an addict.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Like both books I have bought.

    Like both books I have bought.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    I just finished reading "South Of Bixby Bridge".  All

    I just finished reading "South Of Bixby Bridge".  All I can say is WOW!  What a great book!  It is not a pretty story or a feel good book, but it  definitely grabs you from the first few pages. The author did it again as I  shed a few tears with this one too.  For a first novel from this author, it was great.  Didn't want to put it down.  Please read this author's work.  You won't be sorry.   

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    This was the first book I read by this author and I normally don

    This was the first book I read by this author and I normally don't read books like this. After finishing the book I'm really glad I took a chance. The story that unfolded was very believable and I really enjoyed the character of Trevor. His story is one that needed to be told and I'm very glad I read it. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Very touching story of trials and tribulations, following Trevor

    Very touching story of trials and tribulations, following Trevor made me understand what some of those close to me go through. Prayer is a powerful thing for all even those who don't believe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Amazing adventure.

    This book was an incredible journey into a world that many don't know, or they choose to ignore. Addiction and desire to escape what you don't want to face. Watching someone be devoured by a need as their mind races to break free. Yet another book by Ryan Winfield I couldn't put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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