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South of Bixby Bridge

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,325 Ratings  ·  378 Reviews
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
Paperback, 299 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Birch Paper Press (first published August 15th 2011)
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Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Winfield, you've got my attention.

SOUTH OF BIXBY BRIDGE is a stand out. Addiction, abuse, heartbreak, corruption~~the story of 'Trevor' pulled me in and will stay with me forever. This is a book that you will never, ever, forget. I'm certain that we will be seeing much more from Mr. Winfield.
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review was originally posted on my blog {Dive} Under The Cover

I should start this by saying that it was kind of a fluke that I stumbled upon this book. I saw a Facebook ad that was a kindle daily deal, one of those "if you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, you will like this book". I clicked through it and ended up buying the book on Amazon after I read some reviews on Goodreads. I will also say that I am fairly shallow and when I saw Ryan Winfield's profile image on Goodreads I decided that I wo
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Gina by: Tina
I put off reading this book because the subject matter hit a little too close to home for me. I was once married to an alcoholic and I didn’t think this would move me or grab me the way it did. I will admit now that was a totally wrong assumption on my part.

This was a fab book! Totally captivated me, pulled me along, grabbed my heart, made me mad, happy, excited, scared, worried and a few times I wanted to reach in and slap Trevor on the side of the head…hard!! How silly I must have looked at ti
You don't REALLY want to ride in Trevor's Porsche. The road he's driving is taking him straight down that "other" path. A highway to hell, if you will. You watch him stumble and crumble, while being led into a world of hedonistic debauchery, that is fueled to the breaking point with drug and alcohol abuse. This world is a place filled with greed and deceit beyond measure. It's the land of Money. Power. Sex.

Trevor, however, is not THAT guy. He just doesn't believe it. Yet. Painful childhood memo
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Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heartbreaking

The book was on a back-burner for some time and I don't even know why I didn't start reading it sooner. Every single one of Ryan's books were just marvellous and of course South of Bixby Bridge made no difference.

What if you think you’ve hit rock bottom but then a trap door opens and you plunge into even lower levels of living hell?

After an abusive and traumatic childhood and the early death of his mom Trevor Roberts has no idea that his deep hidden pain is leading him down the darkest of roads
Mindy Sauve
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me turning pages and looking for moments to squeeze in just a few more. I enjoyed it thoroughly,ok maybe some of sex could have been a little less graphic, but having said that; I will look forward to more from this author. I loved the memoiresqe quality that had me wondering just how fictional a character Trevor was. Well done Ryan. I am putting the word out to my friends to give your book a try!
Camelia Skiba
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 muc
Ryan Winfield
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
[ A review from Stewart Stern, the Emmy award winning screenwriter of "Sybil" and "Rebel Without a Cause." ]

"Ryan Winfield has been preparing himself all his life to produce the wonder to which this first novel ascends. It is a glorious debut for an artist who has never stopped inhaling all he sees or feels empathically for others during his own long climb out of the dark. He obeys Goya's caution that to be able to draw a man plunging off a roof the artist must complete the drawing before the j
Ryan Winfield
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
[ A review from Stewart Stern, the Emmy award winning screenwriter of "Sybil" and "Rebel Without a Cause." ]

"Ryan Winfield has been preparing himself all his life to produce the wonder to which this first novel ascends. It is a glorious debut for an artist who has never stopped inhaling all he sees or feels empathically for others during his own long climb out of the dark. He obeys Goya's caution that to be able to draw a man plunging off a roof the artist must complete the drawing before the j
Heidi 1820
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With not much but a car and tormented memories to call his own. Trevor Roberts struggles to put his life back together after his addiction destroys both his professional and his personal life. With no confidence from any reputable financial company, he finds a second chance with a businessman whose suspicious enterprise gives him the only opportunity he has left. His good looks, charm and street smarts propel him into a fast paced life of extreme privilege. But with luxury, money and sex comes t ...more
Lise *friends don't flag*
I love reading debut novels and this did not disappoint. The story of Trevor grabs you from the very first page and does not let you go. I finished in one sitting and will be thinking about this book for some time. Ryan Winfield is a very gifted writer. Looking forward to more of his work.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"What would you do if you weren't afraid?"

Oh. My Gods! This is the best book I've read in a long time. I'm going to have a hard time letting go of Trevor. He touched me that deeply and I just want to hug him and tell him it'll be alright.

There was more then once where I said out loud No Trevor run but he didn't listen. So we when though a lot of wild and craziness that anyone whose down on their luck might find themselves in. But Trevor is an addict and that with wild and craziness don't go to
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this novel after reading and loving "Jane's Melody" -also by Ryan Winfield. I was warned (by the author himself :) ) that they were very different books, so I was thinking that I might not enjoy this one as much. I didn't - I enjoyed it even more.

So well written that the reader feels immersed in the story, a main character that you are rooting for even through all of his bad choices, and told in a style that makes you feel as if the author is relaying the story to an old friend. I h
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male-authors
I was recommended this book by someone on a book blog that I visit often and I was also in the mood for something completely different to what I usually read. I am very impressed with it being a first novel. It is definitely a page turner. I have never known anyone who was an addict nor have I ever experienced it before therefore I found the characteristics of Trevor very interesting. I honestly cant say the book was gut-wrenching. I was, in fact, content the whole way through taking in each cha ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I presume you know what the book is about, I'm letting you know what I liked or disliked about it.

I finished the book soon after I started it. I just sort of kept reading and found myself a bit behind on reviews. But, for this read I needed to come back to write more then just apply a rating to get caught up, and move on.

I enjoyed reading this story. I realize that comes across a bit detached or Blase (imagine I placed the ' over the e, thank you very much). That is not quite correct though, pe
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I came to read this thru a Facebook recommendation & then it was a free read for Amazon Prime members. It had gotten good reviews on Amazon so I thought I would give a shot. I am very glad that I did. I thought the main character, Trevor, was very well written. He's an addict and the way that Winfield writes his as he comes out of rehab - earnestly wanting to stay sober and getting his life together - makes Trevor very likeable. As a reader, I found myself invested in his sobriety as ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fast, suspenseful, passionate, gut wrenching, and sometimes shocking. It tells the story of a young man's journey through the valley from the depths of hell to the pinnacle of peace. The charming antagonist, Paul Valombrosa, channels the modern day Gordon Gekko and, like GG, is a villain you cannot help but love. The protagonist, Trevor Roberts, is a character with a tragic flaw, a character we all can empathize with, a character we all can love. We want him to succeed.

As the story drives forwa
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a really good book. I really enjoyed it! First off, I'm a Sac State grad so I loved reading about the references in and around Sacramento. Second, I grew up in the East Bay (Area), so I could totally picture so much of what the author was writing. I don't think I've ever read a book that was so much like "my home" than this book! So all of that was really a neat read for me. I think Amazon's book description of this being an "erotic love story" isn't very accurate, in my opinion. But it ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seriously not my cuppa...but I couldn't deny it the stars. I don't understand(fortunately) the addiction thing...unless you count coffee and reading(;...but, thank goodness, I didn't have Trevor's childhood, either. I truly liked Trevor's character and rooted for him, although sometimes it was hard. It was kind of like an adult version of the Series of Unfortunate Events. You think that maybe the orphans are going to get a break, then things become worse than ever. 90% through I was still leanin ...more
Linda Smith
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dark subject matter, but I could not put this book down! It gripped me right from page 1. A terrifying look into the nightmarish world of addiction.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
I purchased this book because of the many 5-star reviews and the fact that it was the 2011 Breakout Novel. 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 differ
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-fiction

Anne Pfeffer
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read books with this kind of subject matter, but I downloaded a sample of this one when I saw the amazing reviews it was getting. The reviews were spot on. When the writing's this good, you find yourself in for the read, even if it's not your usual type of book.

The main character, Trevor, is an alcoholic who was checked into rehab by his girlfriend and her mother. Just released from rehab as the book opens, he's only partially committed to staying sober. The story follows him thr
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was some serious reading!!! The first thing I can say is that this is nothing like 50 shades. This is not a bdsm book. The main character I would say is Trevor Roberts. He is very troubled after he looses everything. You need to read it to understand the thought process of an alcoholic and drug addict. He is down and out and now in rehab. He knows when he gets out that his ex Stephanie may not be there. He tried reaching out to her and she never spoke to him. Her mom Barbara is a saint and ...more
Gretchen fuller
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I challenge anyone to read this entire book and not recognize it for its intense honesty and fearlessness. The bravery that went into writing this novel floors me. As an addict in recovery, (you never "really" recover, you just find healthy alternatives that won't kill you) I can say that there was never a point where I didn't doubt the yearning for love, power, acceptance, and booze soaked oblivion like the main character, Trevor, feels. But you don't need to be an addict to enjoy the depth of ...more
Joalby Phoenix
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this by saying that the past few months the majority of what I've been reading is political pundits books and memoirs as works of fictions rarely have the ability to pull me in.
This book was reccomended to me and I bought it to check it out & I'm glad I did. From the minute I started reading it I became wrapped up in the struggles of the characters. Their flaws and quirks and control of power or assumed control of power had me waiting to see what would happen next.
It kept me
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
What do you say about a book is like nothing you expected? This book is not a romance its drama nothing but drama. If the character in this book receives love in this story its not the romantic kind. Trevor Roberts is a drug addicted man who makes so many bad decisions I want to smack him myself and if I could get my hands through the books I would. What do you do when you are fighting demons that you have not dealt with for almost all your life , answer for Trevor you take drugs . As I read thi ...more
Mike Reavey
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you've been through some serious muck in life, then you'll instantly relate to Trevor - the main character in this book.

And if you're one of the lucky people that hasn't...then you will after you read this.

The thing that gets me about this book, isn't just the crazy story, and how in-tune Ryan is to the painful cycle of self-deception, grandiosity, and self-hate that's associated with Trevor, it's the details - the reality - the little things you'll do to survive. This is what made me actua
Whitebeard Books
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Ryan Winfield is a true wordsmith. He’s a writer who keeps the reader turning pages even if the reader doesn’t particularly like the story he’s telling. That is the mark of a very good writer. In South of Bixby Bridge, Winfield only adds to the mood with his impeccable word selection and the visual images that fly off the page are so real they seem to include sounds and odors. I can’t wait for his next offering. I’ll give this one FOUR AND A HALF WHITE BEARDS.
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“We should trust people to be exactly what they have proven themselves to be, no more and no less.” 59 likes
“You know why God’s so hard to find, Trevor? No, Mr. Shaw, I say, why is God so hard to find? God’s so hard to find because he ain’t lost!” 32 likes
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