I was working in the city then.
(formal) wanted to live in the city, but my then husband (= the man who was my husband at that time) preferred the country.


This isn't your usual science fiction novel, but then Brinkworth isn't exactly your typical author.


not exactlyについて


used in speech as a mild way of saying “no” especially to indicate that what someone has said is not completely correct or true.

used for saying that someone or something is slightly different from a particular way of describing him, her, or it:

 具体的に与えられた説明がほんとのところと少し違ってるときにnot exactlyという表現を使うということです。わりと穏やかな言い方です。