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South of Bixby Bridge by Ryan Winfield
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May 26, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

This is a roller coaster journey for a young man named Trevor who falls from society’s grace due to excessive addiction. He finds himself in a struggle to regain a life he’s lost, but will he succeed without losing himself in the process? Tormenting memories from childhood with an addictive father and heartbreak from a lost love compound this man’s troubles, challenging his internal beliefs and his entire outlook on life.

Ryan Winfield brilliantly guides us through Trevor’s journey from the depths of despair to dubious relationships into a world of superabundance and riches. Just when Trevor appears to be climbing out of a deep chasm in his life into his perception of success he discovers what is truly lying beneath the façade. Will he once again encounter doors slamming in his face with no one he can trust? Will he again fall prey to the evils of addiction and spiral yet further out of control of his life and his sanity? Most of all, can he survive every dead end with his very life?

This debut book from Ryan Winfield is truly a page turner. It is beautifully written by a very creative and talented new author. The reader will be transported between the diverse worlds around San Francisco to the verdant bed of luxury of Napa Valley, from the depths of homelessness onto the diamond beds of opulence and dance around the edges of what is ethical, questionable or moral. You will experience a myriad of emotion and at the conclusion you will still want more. This book is a true 5+ star recommendation. Good show, Ryan!
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