Two things flashed through my mind when I opened the door to the sex shop to find my mother standing in front of the display case, talking to a tall salesman wearing a leather harness, jock strap and a dog collar. The first was, "Oh, crap!" The second was, "I hate it when Dad's right."
Thus begins David Alan Morrison's hilarious memoir about the evolution of family dynamics. Following the sudden death of his father, a single, middle-aged gay guy struggles with his own mortality by reminiscing about the travels with his gregarious mother. Travels with Penny is a look at the transformation of the baffling, complex relationship between children and their parents.