In THE FATAL BODICE, Lucile finds loads of stockings stored in jars. The neighbour, Hughes, paints her nude, but rejects her advances. Opposite in a shop window there is a bodice, an erotic artefact but also a symbol of constriction and self containment. . . . in THE BUTCHER a young girl goes to work in a butcher's shop during her college holiday. Every day the butcher whispers obscenities into her ear, describing her imagined lovemaking. And as the summer heat takes hold, so does her lust. . . . LUCIE'S LONG VOYAGE is about a young women off to visit a friend in the mountains. She gets lost in the high peaks and ends up living in a cave with a bear. Isolated from civilization, she begins to live like a wild animal, and she and the bear become lovers. . . . These short novels are all erotic, poetic journeys of self-discover y. Alina Reyes explores the mysteries of sexuality and the multiple identities of women.