October 23, 2000 12:00 PM

>WHAT SHE SAW Lucinda Rosenfeld This book has 15 chapters, and each is devoted to a man in the life of fictional heroine Phoebe Fine. To name two: Spitty Clark, the Gentle Date Rapist, and Semester-Abroad Claude. (Random House, $23.95)

AN EMPIRE OF WOMEN Karen Shepherd In this first novel the author writes of a French-Chinese matriarch, her icy relations with her daughter and the acclaim she wins with nude photography of her young granddaughter. (Putnam, $24.95)

THE BRIDEGROOM Ha Jin From the author of last year’s National Book Award-winning novel Waiting come these 12 beautifully understated short stories of life in contemporary China. Some of them are likely to break your heart. (Pantheon, $22)

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